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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

CGN004300 COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Isekai *

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 (see also FICTION / 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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