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BISAC Subject Headings List, Comics and Graphic Novels
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COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Use subjects in this section for works of sequential illustration in the style commonly associated with "comic books" or "comic strips."

Use subjects beginning with "JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels" and "JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels" or "YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels" and "YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels" for such works aimed at young readers.

Use subjects beginning "COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga" for works initially published in Asian territories, or for works published in the style of such Asian works.

For nonfiction works about sequential illustration and about those works done in that format, use "LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels". 

Use "COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Media Tie-In" or "COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Media Tie-In" when a new ISBN is created and this ISBN represents one of the following:

  •  a work (or works) of sequential illustration re-issued because of a movie, television show, or other media project
  • a comics/graphic novel adaptation of a movie, television show, or other media project
  • a comics/graphic novel based on an episode (or episodes) of a television show
  • an original story (or collection of stories) told in comics/graphic novel form using characters or settings from (or based on) a movie, television show, or other media project

Existing ISBNs that become the basis for a movie, television show, or media project do not have to be re-coded. It is recommended that when "COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Media Tie-In" or "COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Media Tie-In" is used, another subject be assigned as well. 

CGN000000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General

CGN012000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Adaptations

CGN001000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthologies

                      COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Comics & Cartoons see HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

CGN008000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women

CGN004010    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Crime & Mystery

CGN013000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Dystopian

CGN004020    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Erotica

CGN004030    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy

CGN010000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Historical Fiction

CGN004040    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror

CGN014000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Humorous *

                      COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Juvenile Fiction see headings under JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels

                      COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Juvenile Nonfiction see headings under JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels

CGN009000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / LGBT

CGN006000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary

CGN004050    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General

CGN004240    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Action & Adventure *

CGN004100    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Crime & Mystery

CGN004230    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Dystopian

CGN004110    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Erotica & Hentai

CGN004120    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Fantasy

CGN004140    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Historical Fiction

CGN004150    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Horror

CGN004250    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Humorous *

CGN004130    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / LGBT

CGN004260    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Magical Girl *

CGN004270    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Mecha *

CGN004160    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Media Tie-In

CGN004170    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Nonfiction

CGN004180    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Romance

CGN004280    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / School Life *

CGN004190    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Science Fiction

CGN004200    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Sports

CGN004290    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Supernatural *

CGN004210    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Yaoi

CGN004060    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Media Tie-In

CGN007000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General

CGN007010    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir

CGN015000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Reference *

CGN011000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Religious

CGN004090    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Romance

CGN004070    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction

CGN004080    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes

CGN016000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Supernatural *

CGN017000    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Supervillains *

                      COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Techniques see ART / Techniques / Cartooning

                      COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Young Adult Fiction see headings under YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels

                      COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Young Adult Nonfiction see headings under YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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