Graphic Novels… they’re a phenomenon!

Well, it’s official, graphic novels are a literary phenomenon, at least according to some reporter in Calgary.

Obviously, the release of V for Vendetta has increased the profile of graphic novels, much more so than when From Hell or Road to Perdition were released. It’s interesting to see how the medium evolves, with or without the help of movies.

This probably supports the “only make graphic novels or trade paperbacks” argument, of which I’m not a supporter. I enjoy a good trade or graphic novel as much as I enjoy my weekly comics. Call me old fashioned, but last I checked the Spider-Man movies grossed more than any of the movies based off graphic novels.


  1. Well, I doubt there’d be many that would decry Spider-Man a literary work. If Marvel and DC continue their little ownership pissing contest over the words “super hero”, Spider-man may be nothing more than “underwear pervert” (thank you, Warren Ellis).

    I wish the writer would’ve remember to include the little fact that manga is lumped in with that nice plump $245 million figure.

    Unlike a comic book, which, like a soap opera, carries its storyline through several issues, a graphic novel is a stand-alone story in comic book style — hence the term “novel”.

    Does it irritate anyone else when the media talks down to you? I want to jab a rusty spork in this guy’s eye.

    The first two Alan Moore graphic novels that were made into films (From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) combined for near $100 million at the box office. His V For Vendetta and the upcoming The Watchmen could easily eclipse that figure.

    Please note dingus didn’t include Mr. Moore’s reaction to the movies made of his work. *grins*

    And I hate this trend. It’s like unless Hollywood makes a movie of it, that work doesn’t matter or rate. Frankly, I’m firmly implanted in the boat of “Leave The Watchmen alone.” I don’t want a movie made. I want it to endure as is because it’s quite possibly a great literary work in and of itself. It doesn’t need Hollywood’s stamp of approval.

  2. You’re old fashioned…yet you use emoticons.

    And I’m fine with no more movies made. But even if some people start reading graphic novels or comics (either are just as good) and start supporting this art form, I’m happy. Other than my desire to see some of the genius creators well compensated, I don’t mind living in a comic book niche which isn’t as corruptable as the mass media.

    But I do understand most of what you’re saying toga, and maybe I’ve just gotten used to it, but newspaper writers always dumb things down to the smallest bits, and then get things wrong. It’s the nature of the beast. Oh well.