How Graphic Novel got into Libraries

November 14, 2012 by  
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As the graphic novel form took off in the 1990s, one of the first places it landed was public libraries. The respectability of MAUS as well as the initial buzz generated by the publicity generated by DARK KNIGHT & WATCHMEN raised the visibility of the comics medium. Lots of people in the library were more […]

Elfquest & The Graphic Novel

October 17, 2012 by  
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The first graphic novel to explode out of the comic book marketplace & into bookstores was Elfquest by Wendy & Richard Pini. In many ways it was the model for some of the break out graphic novels we’ve seen over the last several years. Elfquest was self published under the Pini’s own WaRP Graphics company […]

Camelot 3000 & the Graphic Novel

October 1, 2012 by  
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Camelot 3000 and the Graphic Novel Pioneering cartoonists creating the first graphic novels followed a bumpy road. Although the concept was out there in the late 1970s & early 1980s, the acceptance of the new longer format was mixed. Many early graphic novels were big news at the time but are now virtually forgotten. One […]

The Independents & the Graphic Novel

September 13, 2012 by  
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In the 1980s comics began to recognize that a long form comic’s story had potential, based in part on Eisner’s Contract with God & Jules Feiffer’s Tantrum. Various names for this longer comics story form were thrown around. Among them “Sequential Narrative” and “Picture Novella” gained some weight but the term that stuck was “Graphic […]

What’s Hollywood got to do with it?

August 24, 2012 by  
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Since 2002, comic book related movies have come out on an average of one every 2 months for 10 years.    Hollywood has always had some interest in adapting comics for the big screen. In the 1970s, the comics’ field & the movie studios borrowed heavily from each other.  Star Wars: A New Hope hit the […]

NBM in October: The Rise of the Graphic Novel

August 14, 2012 by  
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Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores now. First up: an updated edition of THE book tracing the origins and evolution of the phenomenon of graphic novels in this country: FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL 2nd Edition Stephen Weiner Introduction by Will Eisner, cover by Jeff […]

What Forces Led to the ‘Graphic Novel’?

August 9, 2012 by  
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One of the major drivers was the Comic Book Store The world of comics was changing in the 1970s. The fan conventions and the head shops of the 1960s had led to the creation of the comic book store, where readers could buy new & used comics. The comic book store offered a wider variety […]