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Most of the time, so-called "graphic novels" are just overpriced, slick, gratuitiously R-rated comics. Maybe only Maus and Jimmy Corrigan justify the term. However, X-Force looks intriguing -- a deliberate warping of Marvel's X-Men series sequel that isn't just a toy catalog (read the customer reviews on Amazon). I was hepped to this by this New York Times review.

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rpkrajewski
Mar. 19th, 2002 07:43 pm (UTC)
And how old is The Watchmen now ? (Which I still haven't read, sigh.) It's just goes to show how sorry the notion of a graphical novel is, that the good examples are so far and few between. I suppose Love and Rockets would also be a good graphic novel (at least up until 1988 or so), but it's black and white and too influenced by Archie to be taken seriously by people who are anxious to have comics taken seriously. (And it has never been marketed as such anyway.)

I'm also ignoring a lot of the European examples out there, I know.

Now, what about Ghostworld ? Was that marketed as a graphic novel ? There was certainly enough "stuff" in it to produce a good feature film.

It's funny. I keep thinking Moore is not American because people take him seriously ! Although strictly speaking some people were already elevating R. Crumb to the level of high art (and his technique outclasses nearly anybody else out there today) before Moore was even working.

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