Graphic Novels are Rock and Roll

Here is an interesting article from ForeWord Magazine about graphic novels and the event about them held by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. The article has a quote that I like by graphic novel consultant John Shableski, that "...the graphic novel (GN) is to publishing today very much as rock and roll was when it first entered the music industry mainstream: a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels."

As a fan, I would definitely say that graphic novels are oft-misunderstood. Also, it was fun to read all the quotations by various people in the graphic novel industry.

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"the graphic novel ... a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels."Hmmm, not so much. When I can buy you through my book jobbers, when multi-million dollar publishing houses put you on the cover of their catalogs and when movies with your characters make +$100 million domestically on a regular basis, that is the moment you are no longer "indie", "underground", "punk rock", "counter-culture", etc.