In the news today

by Ahalya on September 30, 2010

JGW-2010-with-campfireSo, I read with interest the results of a recent study. One in four adult readers of graphic novels (in USA) is over 65 years old. And Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, is working on a graphic novel which will be a ‘gourmet slaughterfest’.
Do my eyes decieve me or is the genre expanding? It isn’t just children or young adults who have a huge variety to choose from what’s on offer on the graphic novel shelf. When I think back, I was in love with Speed Racer, Batman, Superman, Tintin etc. But, I have found very few graphic novels that would appeal to me as an adult. Someone I met on the site, told me that there used to be graphic novels for young ladies… I haven’t seen those, but I am looking forward to what’s happening in this genre. There will soon be something for every reader. And with technology pushing the boundaries when it comes to reading, e-readers will probably offer an interesting graphic novel reading experience.

I think that a graphic novel is a work of art, it requires team work, it requires a deep understanding of the person this art form is meant for. Having said that, I do notice that quite a few graphic novels do not have intricate drawings. The figures in the novel are quite simple and sans visual special effects.

My question for today’s graphic novel giveaway is: Do you think graphic novels are a kind of art form? Would you like to read graphic novels with very simple graphics?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Vishal Devgon September 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Yes indeed they are a work of art. And more elaborate the details more will be the joy of reading them.



Priyanka Borpujari September 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Any graphic novel is an art by itself na. Rather, any book is. Because there is a method to it.
By the time you are done with half the book, you can kind of predict the way the other half is written. You get into the skin of the author’s way of telling you the story. Same with graphic novels.
Even if the art work (drawings) are simple, that again is art na!


Sreeja September 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm

i dont know if you remember celica from xavier’s…but she is the queen of graphic novels and her knowledge about them is simply amazing. i have yet to meet someone who loves them so much and knows so much about them!


savio September 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Firstly, the graphic novel as a separate genre of books is irritating. The stories there are as complex and intriguing, not to mention more visually arresting, than any ‘book’ off the shelf. They are not comics and each can be classified as horror, action or romance. The Grant Morrisons, Allan Moores and Brian Azzarellos produce an art form that are replicated in very very few of the novels of successful authors. In fact Neil Gaiman’s story telling is in both forms – novels and graphic novels. And yes, I would read one of them even if the graphics were simple as long as the story is captivating. And anyway, the details in simplicity are as unique as they are in complexity.


Meethil September 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Unfortunately, Graphic Novels have not developed enough to be called a form of art. I think a lot of publishers are still struggling to sort out things in their heads – like the very economics of the genre. It can become art only when it rises above the price tag.

To get into the frame of mind, publishers should start popularising limited edition copies. This will get in better revenue for the publishers and it will be more fun to own.

A graphic novel is a format that does well when rendered as a limited edition. It is more versatile a medium – you can play around with more than just the paper quality and the binding (like they do in traditional limited edition books. I would like to own a limited edition graphic novel that is printed on better paper with some great ink and bound in a way that would last forever. Also the size can be played around with like a huge – three foot tall book! Or how about hand painted covers for the limited editions?

Nay, they are not yet an art form but can be if the right minds get together. Yups, there is plenty of scope in the limited edition graphic novel market. Plenty (i haven’t mentioned the options where the story takes a turn or there are more panels to the same story…endless opportunities).


Sharmin September 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Because graphic novels have illustrations and one can vary the illustrations i think it is very easy to make them as a art form. Is it possible to produce more than one version of a graphic novel illustrated by different illustrators? That will be fun. That will be real art. And we will also have an option to choose what illustration we like.


Ahalya October 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

Hey Sreeja, you won!!! Will send you an email asking you for your address!


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