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"Graphic Novel" or "Comic Book"?

Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library 16) vote for the latter (“Graphic Novelists Eschew Term “Graphic Novel,” Galleycat).

In the nomenclative tussle of Graphic Novel vs. Comic Book, two of the genre’s highest profile creators prefer the latter term. “I don’t like ‘graphic novel,'” Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi told the Wall Street Journal recently. “It’s a word that publishers created for the bourgeois to read comics without feeling bad. Comics is just a way of narrating–it’s just a media type.” She added that fellow cartoonist Chris Ware feels the same. “He says [the term ‘graphic novel’] sounds like Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” said Satrapi.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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