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What Is the Difference Between a Comic and a Graphic Novel?

Comics and graphic novels are often considered the same thing. While there are similarities there are also many differences.

  • Comic books are generally shorter than graphic novels,
  • Graphic novels cover a wide array of genres and subject matters. Comic books tend to cover smaller array genres and subject matters than graphic novels.¬† Comics are usually associated with superheroes or “manipulated” characters.
  • Graphic novels contain complete stories that may be part of a larger series,
  • Comic book stories often spread across a series of books. This may require the reader to read them in sequence.
  • Both comics and graphic novels can contain complex characters with detailed backstories and inner conflict.
  • Comic books tend to be more commercial in nature and are produced with greater frequency, such as weekly or monthly.

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