Kabuki: The Alchemy (Websites)

by David Mack

Kabuki: The Alchemy Web Resources

Official David Mack Website. Features bio, artwork, and book information and links to fansites.
"An unofficial website dedicate to the stories and artwork of David Mack"
Comic Art in Scholarly Writing: A Citation Guide
From the Comic Art & Comics area of the Popular Culture Association, this site identifies the key elements for inclusion in citing comics in scholarly writing; adaptable to any citation style.
"The Comics Chronicles"
A "resource for comic-book circulation data and other comics historical trivia."
"[P]rimarily covers book-length works about comic books and comic strips, from "fannish" histories to academic monographs, providing detailed information and guidance on further research."
"[A] peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of comics and related media." Part of the Comics Studies area of the English Department at the University of Florida. Check out the entire site, and note the Comix-Scholars Discussion List.
Cover Browser
"[D]isplays galleries of comic book (and book, pulp, games, DVD or magazine) covers for comic book fans … to explore & enjoy (there's also links to buy comics)." With more than "252,578 covers from 2,409 different series available."
The Grand Comics Book Database
"We will include information on creator credits, story details, and other information useful to the comic book reader and fan. If we are able to take this to its ultimate conclusion, this database will contain data for every comic book ever published." Caution: tends to download very slowly.
National Association of Comic Art Educators
"This site's objective is to be a resource where the growing number of educators in comic art/sequential art can get and share ideas. It is also hoped that educators who work in other disciplines can use comics as a way of furthering their own objectives."
Graphic Novels: Resources for Teachers & Librarians
From SUNY Buffalo, "The web site is designed to introduce librarians (as well as teachers and parents) to the rich, diverse offerings from today's comics book publishers, and to encourage the acquisition of graphic novels in libraries serving young adults."
The Secret Origin of Good Readers: A Resource Book
A downloadable guide for educators who wish to utilize the comics medium.
Comic Books: A Guide to the Collections of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library
A research guide from the New York Public Library. "Comics and comic books are one of the most pervasive and influential media forms of 20th-century popular culture … This guide represents the current state of comics related material."
"A site dedicated to the comics censorship movement of the 1940's and 1950's, Seduction of the Innocent, and the works of Dr. Fredric Wertham."
Sequential Tart
A "Web Zine about the comics industry, published by an eclectic band of women ... dedicated to providing exclusive interviews, in-depth articles and news, while working towards raising the awareness of women’s influence in the comics industry and other realms."
Friends of Lulu
A "national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry."
The Comic Book Bin
"[P]ublishes comic book reviews, news, commentary and previews; manga reviews, European comics reviews, video game news, reviews, and commentary; movie news and reviews; DVD reviews, action figure news and reviews; fan film news, previews, and reviews; book reviews and interviews."
World Famous Comics
"Online since 1995, World Famous Comics brings the very best of comics and entertainment to the Web by publishing exclusive columns, comics and contests and producing interactive resources and features." Particularly noteworthy is the outstanding opinion and review column by comics pro/fan Tony Isabella.
Graphic Novel Reporter
Features "graphic novel reviews, features, news, interviews and more."
An excellent source for the latest online information on comics-related movies, with movie trailers, articles, interviews, fan reviews, and so forth.
The Museum of Black Superheroes
A candid examination of the history of black superheroes, and an appreciation of the work of today.
A source for Golden Age comics on CD for PC or Mac, or to download.
Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics
"[T]he internet's #1 source of information for Golden and Silver Age DC Comics." Includes comprehensive cover gallery.
"Empirical Research on the Interpretation & Influence of the Comic Arts" studying the mental and emotional states of comic book fans.
The Periodic Table of Comic Books
From the University of Kentucky, a handsome, fun site, combining science and comics. "Click on an element to see a list of comic book pages involving that element."
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
"[F]ounded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community." What a shame that such an organization is required to exist in "the land of the free."
Don Markstein's Toonopedia
An "attempt to gather and share information and observations about the toon world – a 'toon' being anything that's done in cartoon form, such as animated films, comic books, etc."
Provides access to newspaper comic strips and editorial cartoons.
"[T]he online home of The Cartoon Bank, a New Yorker Magazine company. At its heart is the Internet's leading searchable database of cartoon humor. The Cartoon Bank is the largest, most comprehensive stock house of quality single-panel cartoons in the world, with more than 85,000 records in our central archive-including all the cartoons ever published in The New Yorker. More than 20,000 of those images are available right here on our web site."
DC Comics: 30 Essential Graphic Novels
"The best-selling titles that you must read – whether you are just beginning to discover graphic novels or you are an established fan looking to expand your collection."
Lambiek Comiclopedia
"An illustrated compendium of over 11,000 comic artists from around the world. Search for your favorite artists, books, strips and characters."
Will Eisner.com
"The official online home of Will Eisner, the 'father of the Graphic Novel'."

The Kabuki: The Alchemy Research Guide is maintained by Mary Chesnut. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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