What are some literary graphic novels

What are graphic novels?

Graphic novels belong to the literary genre of comics and tell their stories using the same means. Graphic novels are, comparable to novels, longer, more complex stories with a multi-part structure. You are self-contained. This distinguishes them from, for example, comic series, which are completely different from the start, based on the serial appearance. Graphic novels, however, like novels, can span several volumes.

Above all, the term is intended to facilitate classification, since "comic" is a very broad generic term. The term "graphic novel" has been hotly debated in the comics scene and among comic researchers in recent years. So far there is no final definition.

What is certain, however, is that naming a comic as a graphic novel alone cannot be a quality feature - just as the term “novel” cannot. In literature, a distinction is made between genres such as novel, non-fiction, poetry, biography, without saying anything about the literary value of the respective book. The same goes for graphic novels.

Will Eisner is credited with introducing the term. In 1978 he called his book “A Contract with God” a graphic novel to make it clear that something else was to be expected here than the comics in his series “The Spirit”. In making this distinction, it was certainly not about devaluing his earlier work.

In recent years, the variety of what and how is told using comics has expanded more and more. Authors and illustrators present reports, non-fiction comics, biographies, and the field is constantly expanding.

Here you will regularly find news about new developments in this area, for readers, booksellers, librarians, organizers - for everyone who is interested and concerned.

Like Will Eisner, many authors and illustrators do not devote themselves exclusively to one form of comics. That is why a wide range of events and other news from the world of comics is reported here.

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