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graphic novel

n. (context comics English) A comic book

Graphic novel

A graphic novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word " novel" normally refers to long fictional works, the term "graphic novel" is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term " comic book", which is used for comics periodicals.

Fan historian Richard Kyle coined the term "graphic novel" in an essay in the November 1964 issue of the comics fanzine Capa-Alpha. The term gained popularity in the comics community after the publication of Will Eisner's A Contract with God (1978) and became familiar to the public in the late 1980s after the commercial successes of the first volume of Art Spiegelman's Maus in 1986 and the collected editions of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns in 1986 and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen in 1987. The Book Industry Study Group began using "graphic novel" as a category in book stores in 2001.

Usage examples of "graphic novel".

Wagner collaborated with artist Kent Williams on the graphic novel, _Tell Me, Dark_, which he later disowned, and he was a multiple winner of both the World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award.

Tina thought of the graphic novel with the man in black on its cover.

It looked like a good place for a man who had just sold his first graphic novel—.