graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Comics and graphic novels will be available for purchase. cleveland, "CH-UH Libraries surpass two million in circulation for 2019; early childhood education forum scheduled for Shaker Library; more: Press Run," 17 Jan. 2020 Comic books and graphic novels have come to be regarded as a medium of pure, decadent entertainment. Mary Widdicks, Quartz, "The visual language of comic books can improve brain function," 2 Jan. 2020 Comic books and graphic novels are mainstream nowadays. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 things to do with your kids this winter around Milwaukee, from kites on ice to Disney on Ice," 27 Dec. 2019 Tom Spurgeon, a reporter and editor who gained prominence in the world of comic books and graphic novels, covering it in books, blogs, and a magazine, died Nov. 13 at his home in Columbus, Ohio., "Tom Spurgeon, who surveyed the comic book world, dies at 50 - The Boston Globe," 26 Nov. 2019 Comics - and graphic novels - are serious business. Denise Coffey,, "Getting Serious About Comics," 14 Oct. 2019 There’s no rush to catch the beginning of such shows anymore thanks to streaming, but the Japanese programs continue to be popular among Brazilian kids and adults alike, as are manga for those who prefer comic books and graphic novels. Jill Langlois, Los Angeles Times, "In Brazil, land of beaches and samba, a sumo wrestling academy thrives," 10 Sep. 2019 Gary is a comic book artist known for his work illustrating the comics of Harvey Pekar as well as several graphic novels. Joan Rusek,, "Neighborhood talent show mixes fashion, talent and rain for back to school send-off: Valley Views," 23 Aug. 2019 Doctor Manhattan told us in the last issue of the original Watchmen graphic novel, and the blue nuclear god told us much more this year in HBO’s sparkling sequel series. Darren Franich,, "2019 was the year that everything ended in pop culture," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of graphic novel

1964, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2020

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“Graphic novel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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