What constitutes a "graphic novel"? Feb 6, 2016 0:27:55 GMT -5
Post by Randle-El on Feb 6, 2016 0:27:55 GMT -5
For me, a graphic novel is a long form story told using words and pictures, no matter what it's original format of release was.
Not all collected editions are graphic novels, not all standalone stories published all at once are graphic novels-just as all prose stories published in book form are not novels and some novels appeared serialized before being released as a collected book.
I don't consider something like Essential Avengers Vol. 1 a graphic novel, as it is not a single long form story, but I don't consider something like Gotham by Gaslight a graphic novel either, as it is not a long form story even though it is a single standalone story-it's more a short story or possibly a novella, than novel. Yest I would consider Bone or Maus a graphic novel because they are single long form stories even though they were originally serialized.
my criteria are basically-
1) does it use words & sequential pictures to tell the story?
2) is it a long form story with a definitive beginning, middle and end?
3) is it if substantial length to be considered a novel and not a short story, vignette, novella or novelette?
if the answer to all 3 is yes, then I consider it a graphic novel.
Not all prose fiction qualifies as a novel, not every comic qualifies as a graphic novel.
At it's heart, the term is a classification of length and content, not a measure of quality or value.
So would you consider Secret Wars, Avengers VS X-Men, or Crisis on Infinite Earths to be graphic novels? Because that would seem to fit your criteria. I would consider them to be comic book mini-series. If you buy them as a single volume, then that edition is a trade paperback or hardcover or what have you, but the story itself is a mini-series.