I am writing a paper for a Canadian Literature class, and want to quote portions of one of the graphic novels we studied. Do I quote the written portions as I would any other written work? I am using MLA, so would it be like (Author,Page), like a conventional book? Or are there other conventions for graphic novels that I am not aware of?

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The MLA has a section on graphic novels. Basically, you cite the source in the same way as a regular non-periodical publication. If it's a single author, yes, you would use (Author, Page) format. See the Purdue OWL online writing lab for details on MLA format. See also this site for specific information on how to form graphic novel citations in your Works Cited Page. As far as I know, you can't peruse the entire MLA manual online for free.

  • Good answer. I would also point out that graphic novels can be treated as general works with often more than one author (i.e. writer and artist)
    – FraEnrico
    Jul 24, 2017 at 6:54

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