A graphic novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word ‘novel’ normally refers to long fictional works, the term ‘graphic novel’ is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologised work.
A graphic novel uses the interplay of text and illustrations in a comic-strip format to tell a story. Instead of relying on just text to construct a narrative. It uses graphical elements such as panels, frames, speech/thought balloons, etc. in a sequential way to create and evoke a story in a reader’s mind.
Graphic novels are longer than comic books. Graphic novels cover a wide array of genres and subject matters. Graphic novels contain complete narratives, whether or not they are part of a larger series.
Reading graphic novels builds comprehension and critical thinking skills. Reading a graphic novel involves more than just making sense of the words on the page and looking at art that complements the words. It is easier to understand and more entertaining.