graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel 

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

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This went on for decades, of course, across numerous platforms, into graphic novels. Tom Chiarella, Popular Mechanics, "Stan Lee Taught Me to Love Storytelling," 13 Nov. 2018 These were new books, graphic novels where the characters spoke and looked like the kids in the detention center. Mike Newall,, "Philly kids collected new books for immigrant children at Berks detention center. No thanks, officials told them.," 3 July 2018 Darabont, the director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, adapted Robert Kirkman's graphic novel about middle American citizens coping in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "AMC Urges Judge to Reopen Briefing in 'Walking Dead' Profits Case," 8 Mar. 2018 Leibel is best known for his 2010 graphic novel Syndrome in which a scientist experiments on a serial killer in order to find a cure for evil. Alexia Fernandez,, "Trust Fund Graphic Novelist Sentenced to Life in Prison For Torturing Fiancée Next to Baby Daughter," 26 June 2018 Writer Joe Kelly adapted his graphic novel, the story of a young girl, Barbara (Wolfe), who grapples with the complications of life by preparing to do battle with mythical giants and titans that threaten her tiny Jersey Shore town. Katie Walsh,, "In 'I Kill Giants,' battling behemoths is nothing compared with the angst of tween life," 22 Mar. 2018 The webcomic was adapted from her graphic novel of the same name, a reimagined vision of the Edgar Allan Poe story. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Elves end, Brad Meltzer and Art Spiegelman speak: Journey Into Comics," 27 Feb. 2018 The list also includes the first graphic novel to reach the award’s longlist. Nishat Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Michael Ondaatje named in Man Booker Prize long list," 24 July 2018 The book is now considered one of the best graphic novels in American history, as well as a classic of Holocaust literature. Michael Schaub,, "Celebrate Independence Day with these 17 books by immigrant authors," 3 July 2018

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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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