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Roliken
January 25th, 2008, 02:28 AM
A illustration friend of mine corrected me one day while we were sifting through some comics at a local store when I pulled out a Batman comic and referred to it as a graphic novel. He was quick to tell me it was a collection because it was several individual issues in one collection though it had a continuous storyline.

My question to you all is what do you consider out there a graphic novel and what do you consider a collection and what are some examples of both?

Hellsfire
January 27th, 2008, 12:03 AM
Graphic novels can be either one of two things:
1. Original stories instead of releasing it monthly, mostly done by independants
2. Collections of single issues, also known as trade paperbacks.

Then there are other things like omnibuses (sp?), essentials, hardcovers, etc.

I call them trades when talking to people that know comics but graphic novels for people that don't.

Hope this helps. And if I'm wrong, who cares, it's just comics?

kater
January 28th, 2008, 05:46 PM
To me anything printed in singles first is a trade, everything else is a graphic novel or one shot.

Roliken
January 29th, 2008, 01:57 AM
To me anything printed in singles first is a trade, everything else is a graphic novel or one shot.

I would agree with that. Trades is the proper terminology that my friend told me, not collections. Thanks for clarifying kater.