[Ads-l] Nonfiction Graphic Novel

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue May 26 11:41:24 UTC 2015

No, "graphic novel" is regularly used of nonfiction in the form of
long-form comics content.

Jesse Sheidlower

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 07:20:50AM -0400, Dave Wilton wrote:
> Does "graphic novel" extend to non-fiction, or is this just another example of novel = book?
> "MIDWAY THROUGH the new graphic novel Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War, authors Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and Ari Kelman interrupt their sparsely sketched and lightly colored drawings with a monochrome photograph of a rebel corpse."
> --Kenyon Gradert, "A Helluva Lot Easier When They’re Dead: Picturing the Civil War in Comic, Collage, and Corpse," Los Angeles Review of Books, 27 April 2015.
> What do you call a work like this? "Comic book" gives the impression of a non-serious work. "Illustrated book" conveys that the medium is primarily text with some pictures.
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