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.