graphic novel


Definition of graphic novel

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

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At Comic-Con, Smulders promised that the script mimics the complexity of the graphic novel, including dealing frankly with Parios’ bisexuality as well as the character’s PTSD. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 24 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 And get this, this is not your average graphic novel. Aili Nahas,, "Tyra Banks Announces She’s Casting 'Real People' for Graphic Novel Ahead of Her Modelland Opening," 1 Aug. 2019 Oscar-winner Regina King heads up this graphic novel adaptation, set in an alternate United States during the Cold War. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Who needs “Game of Thrones”? All the shows you can watch to fill the void," 24 July 2019 Almost half of comic book and graphic novel sales occur in stores, according to ComicChron, a website that tracks industry sales figures. Shwanika Narayan,, "SF comic book sellers hang on, hoping each laugh won’t be their last," 13 July 2019 Hopefully, the graphic novel version will do the original report justice. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartz, "The Mueller report is being turned into a saucy graphic novel," 24 June 2019 Screenwriter-director Andrea Berloff adapted the series (later packaged as a graphic novel) for this feature directorial debut. Michael Phillips,, "‘The Kitchen’ review: Married to the mob. Husbands behind bars. Women rule. Corpses pile up.," 7 Aug. 2019 The final gallery with lower ceilings has the beginning of an entire narrative cycle of what is to be a 400-page graphic novel. Dallas News, "Texas artist Trenton Doyle Hancock builds a world in massive exhibition space," 19 July 2019 The comic represents something of a return home for the Snowpiercer franchise, which is best known for the 2013 Chris Evans-starring film, but began life as a graphic novel. Clark Collis,, "Take a sneak peek at Snowpiercer: Extinction prequel comic," 18 July 2019

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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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