graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel

: a story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book

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Now a compelling graphic novel makes his story even more accessible for readers ages 10-16. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Speaking Plainly About Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 The live-action television adaptation of Gerard Way’s graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy is nearly upon us. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Book Three was the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award. Lily Rothman, Time, "Exclusive: Congressman John Lewis' Next Book, Run, Will Pick Up Where Award-Winning March Left Off," 15 Feb. 2018 The show will be based on creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's original graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, much like his take on Riverdale before it. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Everything You Need to Know," 13 Aug. 2018 For his first Kickstarter project in 2015, Chimera’s goal was to raise $6,000 to produce a graphic novel. Kimberly Fornek,, "La Grange, Darien entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to raise money for their businesses," 2 July 2018 The film is directed by the Iranian writer/director Marjane Satrapi, who wrote the graphic novel Persepolis. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Hollywood Chameleon Rosamund Pike Tackles the Life Story of War Correspondent Marie Colvin," 15 Nov. 2018 Monstress’ Actual comics and graphic novels get their due at Comic-Con. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "At Comic-Con, ‘Aquaman’ and Others Score With Super Fans," 22 July 2018 This new exhibition pays homage to the vivid role that these systems of mass transit have played in cartoons, comic strips, comic books and graphic novels from the 19th century through the present. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of graphic novel

1964, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of graphic novel

: cartoon drawings that tell a story and are published as a book

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Kids Definition of graphic novel

: a work of fiction or nonfiction that tells a story using comic strips and that is published as a book

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