These narratives are predominately contained in periodic publications, for example as part of newspapers (in the case of comic strips) or as making up magazines or books that consist of many pages of comics (as in the case of comic books). A driving force in today's comic industry is the graphic novel (a single issue -- 5 or more times the pagecount of a monthly comic -- either containing a collection of monthly issues or an original story) and its presence in major bookstore chains. Comic strips are usually found in newspapers and are usually only 1 to 4 panels in length(in a daily newspaper) or 1-10 panels (in a Sunday newspaper). They are often used to tell one joke, or a small part of a continuing story.
For lists of books and strips, see comic book and comic strip.