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 The film is adapted from a graphic novel of the same name, written and illustrated by Ronald Wimberly, Lee noted on Instagram. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Spike Lee To Direct 'Romeo & Juliet'-Inspired 'Prince Of Cats'," 14 Nov. 2019 The Magicians: Alice’s Story graphic novel is returning to Brakebills for an all-new comic book series that expands on the magic and mythology of Lev Grossman’s series of original novels. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lev Grossman's 'The Magicians' Starts Over as New Comic Book Series," 15 Aug. 2019 It is widely viewed as one of the most important graphic novels of all time, and is even taught at colleges and universities around the world. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "New trailer for HBO’s Watchmen includes a nod to Rorschach’s most famous line," 20 July 2019 When writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons created the tale, published by DC Comics and collected into a a graphic novel in 1987, it was hailed as a mordant commentary on superhero fiction, and a cutting satire on then-current affairs. oregonlive, "'Watchmen’ and ‘Modern Love’: One’s an ambitious hodgepodge, the other an undemanding cup of comfort (review)," 15 Oct. 2019 Based on a graphic novel, the film dramatizes the story of a young artistic firebrand — a creative bomb-thrower — learning to temper his vision and artistic approach with humility., "BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES," 26 Sep. 2019 Tuesday 9/24: Join fellow comic fans to talk about graphic novels, manga, comic movies and more. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s on: La Mesa hosting community workshop," 19 Sep. 2019 Greg Rucka isn’t just a successful writer of comics, graphic novels and fiction, moving nimbly from stories about Batman and Superman to his original creations. oregonlive, "Greg Rucka on his ‘Stumptown’ comics becoming a TV show, which previews Saturday at Rose City Comic Con," 14 Sep. 2019 What was once a French graphic novel, and then a 2013 film from Bong Joon-ho, takes new shape as a forthcoming TBS series from Orphan Black creator Graeme Manson. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Snowpiercer, Picard, and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of graphic novel

1964, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Graphic novel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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