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Definition[ edit ] The term is not strictly defined, though Merriam-Webster 's full dictionary definition is "a fictional story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book", while its simplest definition is given as "cartoon drawings that tell a story and are published as a book".
History[ edit ] As the exact definition of the graphic novel is debated, the origins of the form are open to interpretation. The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck is the oldest recognized American example of comics used to this end.
Read, inspired by The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck. Similarly, Charlotte Salomon 's Life? Cover art by Matt Baker and Ray Osrin. The s saw the launching of Classics Illustrateda comic-book series that primarily adapted notable, public domain novels into standalone comic books for young readers.
In Fawcett Comics published Comics Novel 1: John Publications produced the digest-sizedadult-oriented "picture novel" It Rhymes with Lusta film noir -influenced slice of steeltown life starring a scheming, manipulative redhead named Rust.
Touted as "an original full-length novel" on its cover, the page digest by pseudonymous writer "Drake Waller" Arnold Drake and Leslie Wallerpenciler Matt Baker and inker Ray Osrin proved successful enough to lead to an unrelated second picture novel, The Case of the Winking Buddha by pulp novelist Manning Lee Stokes and illustrator Charles Raab.
Columnist and comic-book writer Steven Grant also argues that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko 's Doctor Strange story in Strange Tales —, although published serially from —, is "the first American graphic novel". Updike offered examples of new areas of exploration for novelists, declaring he saw "no intrinsic reason why a doubly talented artist might not arise and create a comic strip novel masterpiece".
Whatever the nomenclature, Blackmark is a page story of comic-book art, with captions and word balloonspublished in a traditional book format.
It is also the first with an original heroic-adventure character conceived expressly for this form. In the United Kingdom, Raymond Briggs was producing works such as Father Christmas and The Snowmanwhich he himself described as being from the "bottomless abyss of strip cartooning", although they, along with such other Briggs works as the more mature When the Wind Blowshave been re-marketed as graphic novels in the wake of the term's popularity.
Briggs notes, however, "I don't know if I like that term too much". Bloodstar by Richard Corben adapted from a story by Robert E. Howard used the term to define itself on its dust jacket and introduction. Red Tide by Jim Sterankodesigned to be sold on newsstands, used the term "graphic novel" in its introduction and "a visual novel " on its cover, although Chandler is more commonly considered[ citation needed ] an illustrated novel than a work of comics.
Howard and artist Richard Corben The following year, Terry Nantierwho had spent his teenage years living in Paris, returned to the United States and formed Flying Buttress Publicationslater to incorporate as NBM Publishing Nantier, Beall, Minoustchineand published Racket Rumba, a page spoof of the noir - detective genre, written and drawn by the single-name French artist Loro.
The company marketed these works as "graphic albums". Issues of the comic had described themselves as "graphic prose", or simply as a novel.
Slow Fade of an Endangered Species by writer Don McGregor and artist Paul Gulacy Eclipse BooksAugust —the first graphic novel sold in the newly created " direct market " of United States comic-book shops  —was called a "graphic album" by the author in interviews, though the publisher dubbed it a "comic novel" on its credits page.
Significantly, this was published by a traditional book publisher and distributed through bookstores, as was cartoonist Jules Feiffer 's Tantrum Alfred A. Knopf described on its dustjacket as a "novel-in-pictures".
Cover art by Paul Gulacy. Hyperbolic descriptions of longer comic books as "novels" appear on covers as early as the s. Early issues of DC Comics ' All-Flash Quarterly, for example, described their contents as "novel-length stories" and "full-length four chapter novels".
This collection of short stories was a mature, complex work focusing on the lives of ordinary people in the real world based on Eisner's own experiences. One scholar used graphic novels to introduce the concept of graphiation, a newly coined term used to describe graphic expression or visual enunciation.
Graphiation refers to the theory that the entire personality of an artist is visible through his or her visual representation of a certain character, setting, event, or object in a novel, and as a means to examine and analyze drawing style. These included the Time magazine website inwhich said in its correction, "Eisner acknowledges that the term 'graphic novel' had been coined prior to his book.
But, he says, 'I had not known at the time that someone had used that term before. The Mind Demons premiered—its page contents intact, but its panel-layout reconfigured to fit 62 pages.
Marvel commissioned original graphic novels from such creators as John ByrneJ. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman 's Pulitzer Prize -winning Maushelped establish both the term and the concept of graphic novels in the minds of the mainstream public.
The Dark Knight Returnsa collection of Frank Miller's four-part comic-book series featuring an older Batman faced with the problems of a dystopian future; and Watchmena collection of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons ' issue limited series in which Moore notes he "set out to explore, amongst other things, the dynamics of power in a post-Hiroshima world".
Criticism of the term[ edit ] Some in the comics community have objected to the term "graphic novel" on the grounds that it is unnecessary, or that its usage has been corrupted by commercial interests.
Writer Alan Moore believes, It's a marketing term The term 'comic' does just as well for me The problem is that 'graphic novel' just came to mean 'expensive comic book' and so what you'd get is people like DC Comics or Marvel Comics—because 'graphic novels' were getting some attention, they'd stick six issues of whatever worthless piece of crap they happened to be publishing lately under a glossy cover and call it The She-Hulk Graphic Novel What's more, both terms have their roots in the need to dissemble and justify, thus both exude a sense of desperation, a gnawing hunger to be accepted.
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Although the word "novel" normally refers to long fictional works, the term "graphic novel" is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized rutadeltambor.com is distinguished from the term "comic book", which is generally used for comics rutadeltambor.com historian Richard Kyle coined the term "graphic novel" in an essay in the.
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