What is a Graphic Novel?

A graphic novel is a long-form work of comic art. It is a combination of two words. The word graphic, meaning sequential illustrations do the storytelling. Paired with the word novel, the comic is split into chapters and provides complete storytelling and development of characters, similar to a traditional book.

It is distinguished from the comic book, which is generally a short-form periodical. The content of both formats are similar in style. However, instead of releasing parts of a story with each edition, graphic novels tell the story from start to finish.

Using visual works to aid in storytelling reach broad audiences, and can be understood by different age groups. Many of the comic giants, like Marvel and DC comics release graphic novels. Though other genres can benefit from the style used by these popular publishing hubs. The use of graphic storytelling is commonly seen in political cartoons, adult literature, and children’s storybooks.