This is the "Graphic Novels" page of the "NCHS Graphic Novels" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

NCHS Graphic Novels  

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Graphic Novels Print Page

What Are Graphic Novels?

According to the Internet Public Library, graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual art, usually with text, that are often told in a series of rectangular panels.1 Despite the name, not all comics are funny. Many comics and graphic novels emphasize drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.

1 D. Aviva Rothschild, Graphic Novels: A Bibliographic Guide to Book-Length Comics. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1995, p. xiii.

Graphic Novels Explained


People of the Graphic Novel

"People of the Graphic Novel," a playful introduction to the history of an art form: from the first "funny pages" to seminal artists including Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman.


What is a Graphic Novel?

This is a comic strip by Jessica Abel from her and Matt Maden's website Drawing Words & Writing Pictures.

What is a Graphic Novel

What is a Graphic Novel

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


Loading  Loading...