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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

                     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

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

CGN004130  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / LGBT

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

CGN004170  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Nonfiction

CGN004180  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Romance

CGN004190  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Science Fiction

CGN004200  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Sports

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

CGN011000  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Religious

CGN004090  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Romance

CGN004070  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction

CGN004080  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes

                     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

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2016, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

 

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