A comic book that is longer in format that the usual "pamphlet," and typically contains a complete story unto itself. Graphic novels usually have higher production values than the typical stapled comic book – they may be squarebound, for example, with cardstock covers. Some may be hardcover volumes. Although a graphic novel usually stands on its own as a complete story, it is possible to have a ongoing series or limited series of graphic novels telling a single story or series of related stories.
Several issues of comic books or manga collected into a single book-like format, or (less commonly) an original story or novel adaptation presented in a comic book format that is bound in book form. Manga graphic novels are usually the size of an extra-wide paperback novel “harem” series: An anime series centered on a single boy/young man surrounded by a bevy of young beauties who chastely cohabitate with him. These series, which are always at least partly comedies, usually take on one of two basic forms: either the male lead is romantically attached to one of the beauties but is tempted by others, or the male lead is indecisive and most of the female characters are vying for his attention. Typically the male lead is a kind and gentle soul while most of the female characters are some combination of more powerful, aggressive, and/or capable.
Generally, any self-contained story in a single binding that uses a comic book-like page layout. In the comic book industry, the term is sometimes used to refer only to self-contained stories of 48 or more pages that has not been previously published serially. (The minimum page count varies; 64, 72, and 96 pages are other popular cut-off points.)
a book-length comic style story
a collection of individual comics within a particular series, all bound together under one cover
a comic book trying to get some respect
a complete story and stands alone
a fancy name for a fat comic book
a fancy name for a long-form comic book
a fictional story "told" via a combination of the printed word and pictures, each being dependant on the other to fulfill a significant part of the storytelling process
a long-form comic book, or a long story told in the form of pictures with word balloons
a novel or novella done in the medium of comics
a novel or story done in the medium of comics, which uses graphics to tell a story
a novel told by means of pictures
a sophisticated book-length story generally contained in one volume
a work in the medium of comics, which is long-form, and stands alone as a complete work (as opposed to comic books which are typically short serials)
a work of art produced within the form of the comic book
Term created by Will Eisner; comic book with high quality storyline and artwork.
A Collection of several Manga Chapters put into a book.
The only thing in comics publishing with a spine.
A softcover or hardcover book with a higher page count than a traditional comic book. This can be either an original graphic novel (OGN) or a book that collects a series of traditional comic books into one or more volumes. It's usually squarebound with a cardstock cover and much more durable than a comic book. These are the format of choice for bookstores and libraries.
A graphic novel (GN) is a long-form work in the comics form, usually with lengthy and complex storylines, and often aimed at mature audiences. In contrast to the familiar comic magazines, a graphic novel is typically bound using materials of more durable qualities, using a light card stock for softcover bindings or a heavier card for the hardback editions, enclosed in a dust jacket. Graphic novels generally are sold in bookstores and comic book shops, rather than on comic books' original point of sale, newsstands.