What is a Graphic Novel?

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What is a Graphic Novel?

Post by Christopher Muscat on Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:24 pm

What is a GRAPHIC NOVEL for the fans and comic collectors?

Sometime ago, I taught a graphic novel, meant an original one shot story in Hard Cover or Trade Paper Back format that had a beginning and an ending. Some of these graphic novels are the Marvel and DC large formats that they used to issue in the 1980s. Ex. The Death of Captain Marvel, X-Men - God loves man kills, etc. This was before the comic scene exploded with collected editions and sales for the regular series went in decline. I used to like these stories as I used to think that for a story to be issued in this format, it had to be special or really good.

These days a collected limited series or part of a regular series that has a conclusion sometimes is considered a graphic novel too. Maybe because of the sales marketing, creators tend to issue first as a limited series, then in collected format. It could be optioned as part of the regular series as regular series are collected too.

But are these collections a Graphic Novel? Question Question Question Question

My opinion is that this is a collected edition. I still think that a graphic novel is a one shot.

What is your opinion?

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Re: What is a Graphic Novel?

Post by chrislegalle on Fri May 04, 2012 3:49 am

Yeah everything is called a graphic novel these days. In my opinion a graphic novel is a standalone story which has a begining, a middle and an end. A story which is published directly in this format as opposed to trade paperbacks, collections etc.

An example of a graphic novel is The Golden Lizard even though the way Fabio originally wrote it, lacked an ending. Ha ha ha.
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Re: What is a Graphic Novel?

Post by Christopher Muscat on Fri May 04, 2012 7:13 pm

Then I guess, we agree!

Trade paper backs and hard covers of regular series or limited series are just collections not graphic novels.

Not only THE GOLDEN LIZARD is a graphic novel but the first Maltese graphic novel!
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Re: What is a Graphic Novel?

Post by SamKaiba on Tue May 08, 2012 6:18 am

A Graphic Novel needs a proper Intro, Middle and Conclusion. It can be expanded and have a sequel but it still has to make sense on its own and it can't have 'to be continued' instances in it.

As a beginner in comic-reading I tend to watch out for Graphic Novels, Collected volumes or concluded series. For someone who gets attached to the characters and the plot, a graphic novel is my ideal version of a book because you can visualise your characters. I tend to grow impatient when I have to wait for an issue to come out and have nothing to read in between!

I also feel that there is a special talent in Graphic Novels. The writer needs to have a good story that can be drawn in a volume, get the readers engaged and have suspense. With a series even though you might have a lame issue, you can recuperate with the following. A graphic novel is either good or bad, there aren't any second chances!
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