The glossary provided by Diamond Comics defines graphic novels as follows:

A comic book that is longer in format than a pamphlet, and typically contains a complete story unto itself. Graphic novels usually have higher production values than the typical stapled comic book they may be squarebound, for example, with cardstock covers. Some may be hardcover volumes. Although a graphic novel usually stands on its own as a complete story, it is possible to have a ongoing series or limited series of graphic novels telling a single story or series of related stories.

Cartoonist Jessica Abel provides this graphic definition.



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