Here’s my beef – with some notable exceptions, “graphic novels” seem to me to pretty much be your standard comic book renamed, repackaged, and recently reaping a lot of respect.
Is it that easy? The industry begins to refer to its product as “graphic novels” and suddenly everyone’s in love with them again?!
So what are the rest of us waiting for?! I say we rename gag cartooning something more artsy, sit back, and wait for the accolades!
I’ll get us started. How about “Illustrative Wit?â€ Or maybe “Comedic Short Subject?”
Any other suggestions?
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"Illustrative Poem", my dear.
Good one Patricia! How about "Witerature"?
Will Eisner calls it "sequential art" – and attempt tp point out the links between the comic strip and the Bayeaux Tapestry.
I think there's a difference: I think the stuff that Eisner did justifies a title like "Graphic Novel." But lately, they've just been repackaging comic books with a fancy name.
The NYer calls them 'idea drawings'
As for 'Graphic novel' that seems to imply violence and sex and blood…that sort of thing. It also implies fiction, which counts out Joe Sacco's stories. I kind of like Comic Literature or something along those lines.
It's not like comic books were really ever books either. They are more book like now that they've been collected into "graphic novels" than they were when they were "comic books".
"Idea Drawings" just sounds so boring and unfunny. It should be something a bit lighter methinks…
How about satoonist?
Cartoonists are visionaries.
The profession's name should impart it's high standards….but show the humour.
I've had a lot of coffee today.
comic scribes..and comic scribbles…
I'll get back
Wow, Andrea, great stuff! I think we're onto something here…
My most recent blog entry delves into the discussion of my beef about graphic novels. It's not exactly the same topic as this, but you might find it interesting.
Good stuff Patricia! There's a few titles some others listed that I'm going to have to check out. And I agree with what you! Why so dark and heavy graphic novelists?! Lighten up folks!
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