graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel

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

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Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original trailblazing graphic novel while attempting to break ground of its own. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Watchmen': Jeremy Irons to Lead Cast of HBO's Damon Lindelof Pilot," 26 June 2018 There are definitely some thematic parallels between the graphic novel and the new Netflix show. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""The Society" Star Gideon Adlon on Why She Fell in Love with the Creepy Series," 15 May 2019 Alcon Media Group and Titan Publishing are partnering for a new line of comics, graphic novels and books based on the classic science fiction franchise. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alcon, Titan Partner For New 'Blade Runner' Comics and Books," 12 July 2018 The real-life, unsolved mystery has been told and re-told in newspaper articles, documentaries and a graphic novel. Joey Morona,, "Buzzfeed tackles the Cleveland torso murders in true crime series 'Unsolved'," 8 Feb. 2018 Gaming, comic books, graphic novels and cosplay are the types of culture to which Williamson refers. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Brazoria County comics convention aims to validate kids' culture," 22 Jan. 2018 The Leftovers returns to television to adapt Alan Moore’s graphic novel, sending fantasy fandoms everywhere into a frenzy. Vogue, "9 TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2019," 2 Jan. 2019 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

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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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