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graphic novel

noun
1.
a novel in the form of comic strips.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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  • Also, a few web comics have proved popular enough to be reprinted as print collections in comic book or graphic novel format.
  • The graphic novel stands alone but will likely resonate more with those who follow the web series.
  • The graphic novel is a good action-packed private detective story all on its own.
  • Using graphic novel storytelling or comics is a fantastic way of teaching students some of the fundamentals about writing.
  • The website enables visitors to add to these stories using video, graphic novel, and other tools.
British Dictionary definitions for graphic novel

graphic novel

noun
1.
a novel in the form of a comic strip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Encyclopedia Article for graphic novel

Long a fixture on the fringes of American popular culture, the graphic novel seemed poised to enter the literary mainstream once again in 2004. The year saw the film adaptation of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor nominated for an Academy Award, the final issues of both Dave Sim's 6,000-page magnum opus Cerebus and Jeff Smith's influential Bone, and the long-awaited debut of Alan Moore's Lost Girls. With collected volumes of Sandman by Neil Gaiman (see Biographies) and Japanese manga titles becoming a common sight on public library shelves and film versions of landmark books such as Sin City, Watchmen, and Batman: Year One in production, the graphic novel had reached levels of respectability and marketability that transcended the disparaging label "comic book."

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