Graphic Novels: A Definition
Graphic novels can be described as novel-length
comic books of adult interest. Many have received
critical notice. The art work is sophisticated, brilliant,
frequently frightening, and psychologically
disturbing. At their best these novels challenge
basic assumptions of decency, honesty, and truth
and civilized beliefs in order, justice, and continuity.
They question easily held opinions on mental
health and the spiritual. In 2006 the Journal of Academic
Librarianship published an article, “Graphic
Novels in Academic Libraries: from Maus to Manga
” that legitimized the collection of graphic novels
in major research libraries.
Kresten Jespersen and Carla Weiss, from the steps, v..2, p.3