graphic novel

noun

Definition of graphic novel

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

Examples of graphic novel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The game has the aesthetic and charm of a sardonic graphic novel. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "How I Learned to Love Dying (in Hades)," 26 Feb. 2021 Blondie have teamed up with Z2 comics for Against the Odds, a new graphic novel out this fall. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "Blondie Chronicles Their Rise to New Wave Stardom in New Graphic Novel," 25 Feb. 2021 Her graphic novel is about immigration, belonging and how art can save a life. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina County District Library plants seeds for spring programs," 18 Feb. 2021 In this vision of the future from the Alan Moore and David Lloyd graphic novel, an anarchist named V (Hugo Weaving) teams with a woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) to inspire the world to rise up. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021 Similar stories were repeated to the AP by several other migrant workers, including Vannak Anan Prum, a Cambodian who published a graphic novel in 2018 depicting his abuse. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell, chicagotribune.com, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 Or escape into another world like the French do, with a comic book or graphic novel such as the long-running Asterix series about Gauls resisting Roman occupation, which has a new publisher in the United States and new Americanized translations. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Paris Tonight," 17 Nov. 2020 Jarrett Melendez is a graphic novel writer and former cook living in Boston with his partner Stuart, and their collection of plush pigs. Jarrett Melendez, Bon Appétit, "If You're Serious About Kitchen Organizing, You Need This Spice Rack," 14 Dec. 2020 The show, whose first season dropped on Netflix July 17, isn’t based on a graphic novel, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. cleveland, "Captain Comics: Plumbing the depths of the obscure," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of graphic novel

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Graphic novel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graphic%20novel. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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graphic novel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graphic novel

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

graphic novel

noun

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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