A graphic novel
is a work in the medium of comics
, which is long-form, and stands alone as a complete work (as opposed to comic books
which are typically short serials). The term also implies that the book is published in a higher quality format than a traditional 'newsprint and staples' comic book. Some graphic novels have originally appeared in serial, comic book format. When bound together, they become a graphic novel if they tell a complete, stand-alone story. The high-quality binding alone done not make a graphic novel.
The term graphic novel is sometimes preferred by creators and readers who want to differentiate the work from lighter works intended for children.
Notable examples of graphic novels: