This came up in an answer to one of my other questions. I've been in stores and seen paperbacks called "graphic novels." Is there a difference between graphic novels and comic books -- other than in length?
In my experience the difference can be a number of things, depending upon the publisher and book store:
- Length (graphic novels are longer),
- Issue rate (comics are issued weekly or monthly, one-offs or compendiums are graphic novels), or
- Target audience (graphic novels are aimed at adults, comics at the teen and afficionado markets).