The creation of American comics and graphic novels were not based upon unorthodox gender roles, expression of self, and the experience people of color faced in America. David McKay Publications is the oldest North American comic publishing company that created comics for children with a focus on young boys with comics like Ace Comics, Popeye, and Blondie in the 1930s and then for young girls with the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie. These comics only expressed strict gender roles and expressions which focused around domineering figures, which consisted of white wealthy men. Other publishers like DC, Marvel, and other studios created their own comics to become more inclusive in the representation of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. You can find these books in the Fine Arts Room to read or create your own comic to tell your own story!