graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel 

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

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The cabler is also developing Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel Watchmen with Damon Lindelof, with the pilot fully expected to be picked up to series. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Joss Whedon Sci-Fi Drama Ordered Straight to Series at HBO," 13 July 2018 The show is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Toby Zinman,, "'Fun Home' at the Arden: Quiet brilliance, lovely and profound," 24 May 2018 And there’s a graphic novel of Kindred, that is just as emotionally compelling as the original. Jill Golden, Time, "Octavia Butler 101: Two Scholars on the Sci-Fi Genius Who Inspired Janelle Monáe," 4 Apr. 2018 Advertisement The new Sabrina series, which has yet to release an official title, is based on Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina., "Ross Lynch Will Play An Iconic Character On Netflix's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Series," 14 Mar. 2018 As an artist, his lasting influence was among cartoonists working in the tradition of alternative comics and graphic novels: Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 Modern-day tastemakers, unlike their forebears, shower love on comics and graphic novels without a hint of condescension. Bruce Handy, New York Times, "If Graphic Novels Are Hip for Adults, Why Not Picture Books?," 6 Apr. 2018 Another graphic novel will tell the story, posthumously, of Hailee Lamberth of Las Vegas, who committed suicide at 14 after being bullied. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, "The Next Case for ‘C.S.I.’ Creator: Graphic Novels by and for Teenagers," 29 June 2018 Leibel is best 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,, "Graphic Novelist Who Tortured Fiancée to Death Was Jealous of Attention She Paid to Newborn Daughter: Prosecutor," 21 June 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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