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X Graphic novels, Comic books, Cartoons
Use all X* codes for: general adult, teenage or children’s titles. DO NOT USE: code ‘X’ itself, but select specific categories from section X*. INTEREST AGE 5A* Qualifiers MUST be used with titles aimed at children or teenagers. Use all X* codes with: other subject categories and qualifiers where appropriate, in particular with PLACE 1*, TIME PERIOD 3* and INTEREST 5* Qualifiers
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XA Graphic novel and Comic book: types
XAB European tradition graphic novels
Use for: In the European tradition, graphic novels are typically one-off publications, rather than part of a series, generally for an adult audience, often with distinctive graphics and more literary textual content, usually serious rather than humorous; they are works published originally as graphic novels, not adaptations of textual works
XAD European tradition comic books, Bandes dessinées
Use for: In the European tradition, comic books or ‘bandes dessinées’ are typically published in ongoing series, often featuring the same characters, as distinct from ‘one-off’ graphic novels
XAK American / British style comic books and graphic novels
Use for: graphic novels and comic books in the American / British tradition
XAM Manga and Asian style comics
Use for: XAM* codes include all Japanese comic books (Manga) plus those from other Asian countries including Korean (Manhwa) and Chinese (Manhua) and from non-Asian countries, but designed according the ‘Manga style’
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