graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel

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

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Image: DC Comics HBO’s adaptation of the classic graphic novel Watchmen is officially coming to small screens. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "HBO has picked up its Watchman show for a full season," 18 Aug. 2018 Enter: Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, a graphic novel version of the original diary, authorized by the Anne Frank Fonds foundation, with proceeds going to charities around the world and to promoting Anne Frank’s legacy. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation," 7 Mar. 2019 His nearly wordless graphic novels depict a noir-ish world of queasy-faced, anxious characters who wend their way to unhappy endings via frames full of recognizable sets like the dive-y American motel. Cindy Dampier,, "Chicago ties are strong in Louis Vuitton's new Route 66 book," 4 May 2018 Persepolis Based on the circa 2003 graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis is a memoir about the author's childhood in Iran before, during, and after the Islamic Revolution. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "16 Animated Movies Every Adult Should Watch," 15 Aug. 2017 Two retellings arrive from France, where graphic novels, or bandes dessinées, enjoy popularity and critical attention. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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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