What is a graphic novel?
A graphic novel is a book that uses imagery and text (though text is not required) to convey a story. Unlike comic strips, which contain short story lines and end in a few frames, a graphic novel is of much longer length and uses sequentially placed illustration and text to illustrate a novel-length narrative. Many of the superhero-based graphic novels started out as comic books decades earlier--such as Spiderman and Batman--but are now realeased in graphic novel form, in addition to comic book form. Typically, graphic novels contain text and illustrations, though there are instances where text is not included. Within the medium of graphic novels, there is an endless array of genres, such as history, romance, science fiction, etc. It is well-known that Will Eisner's "Contract with God" is thought to be the first graphic novel and helped launch the medium into the awareness of the general public.
Graphic novels have grown immensely in popularity within the past few decades and we are proud to have a growing collection of more than 2,000 graphic novels between the Linebaugh and Smyrna locations. You can search our online catalog to find available graphic novels. Call numbers for graphic novels look a little different than our other call numbers. All graphic novels are labeled with GN and then the title or character name. The graphic novels are then alphabetized according to these call number labels. Our new color-coding system will make it a little easier to browse by some of the popular imprints, such as DC and Manga. Graphic novels check out for two weeks. Stop by the library and browse through our graphic novel collection.