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Comic con and Graphic Novels: Adventures in the Archives

by Taryn Rodriguez-Boette

Many of you might be following the latest Comic Con event this summer. For the uninitiated, “Comic Con” is the acronym of Comic Book Conventions – events “dedicated for the appreciation of Uncle Toms Cabincomics and related art forms and the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.” Although I grew up following Archie, Veronica and Betty comic books, I have become a convert to Marvel Universe comic books.

Recently the JHS Archives received as a gift a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Although we have various editions of this classic, this new gift is a graphic novel. Graphic novels are similar to comic books because they use sequential art to tell a story. Unlike comic books, graphic novels are generally stand-alone stories with more complex plots. And although in this instance, it is a shorter version of the original book, the stories are compelling and may inspire the reader to learn more about the subject.

This new addition to the library was published in July, 1944 by Classics Illustrated, Featuring Stories by the World’s Greatest Authors. A subscription for 20 issues cost $3.00 or 15 cents for individual copies! Small jewels like this one abound in the archives — help us to continue keeping Jacksonville’s History Alive!

To read more about the latest treasures in the JHS Archives, click here.

Editor’s Note:
Harriet Beecher Stowe books, articles and related materials are included in our collections to assist in exploring the role of this 15 year Mandarin, Florida winter resident.

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