It's enough to make Batman sigh with envy -- graphic novels are the big boys of comic books, grappling with the human experience in ways the Caped Crusader could only dream of. How much do you know about the art of graphic novels?
You can't stop with just one! In a trade book, you can read multiple issues of a series at once because they're bound into a single volume.
Length is key in comics. Comic books are generally much shorter than graphic novels.
Is it time for your last rites yet? The 2011 film "Priest" is based on a Korean comic.
Panels, gutters and drawings are all part of the process of reading a graphic novel, but you have to absorb this kind of art in proper sequence for it to make sense.
So be it!"A Contract with God" wasn't called a graphic novel when it was first published in 1978, but subsequent editions were labeled with the phrase.
Is Superman going to save the world again? A graphic novel might go there, but more likely, these works will explore deeper life issues than superhero clichés.
I prefer the term graphic literature, thank you very much. It's not just snootiness -- by using the term "graphic novels," some people hope to dodge comic book stereotypes.
BAM! POW! ZING! In addition to dynamic color and drawings, graphic novels often use "special effects" balloons to emphasize action or drama.
Don't be a rebel without a comix. Comix are the rebellious style of comics born during the culture wars of the 1960s.
It's like a song for your eyes! Well, not really. Graphic novels are a form of sequential art that deserve their own category, according to some people.
They go solo, sort of. Writers usually do the writing alone, but they're just one part of the creative team that makes graphic novels.
And they never get any respect. Inkers follow up on the pencilers' drawings by shading and erasing parts of the original sketches.
If only college textbooks had illustrations on every page. Struggling readers often pick up on the interplay between words and graphics to comprehend the storyline more completely.
But be sure to stay inside the lines! Colorists imbue drawings with the hues that add a certain mood to the comic environment.
Would you like to see my badge? The Authority was a way for comic book publishers to reassure the public that comics wouldn't corrupt their kids.
Just make sure you don't call them comic books! Many librarians are strong advocates for including powerful, literary graphic novels in their libraries.
Just as devotees of any artistic work are naturally critical of screen adaptations, fans of graphic novels rarely feel that the world they envisioned as readers is properly represented by filmmakers.
Tree huggers, unite! Paperless graphic novels are all the rage, and many of them are available online, free of charge.
Letterers artfully create the text that appears in graphic novels.
Everybody’s a critic. Some folks don’t like the term "graphic novel" because they believe it feeds into the stereotype that comic books are "low art," whereas graphic novels are supposedly "high art" (and not comic books at all).