A Graphic Novel By Any Other Name ….

 

Auster - coverComics may no longer be the ‘real name’ for a narrative medium that intimately intertwines words and pictures but is not necessarily comic in tone.

In the late ’80s some well-intentioned journalists and booksellers tried to preserve a handful of book-format comics from other, less ambitious works  by dubbing them ‘graphic novels’. Since ‘graphics’ were respectable and ‘novels’ were respectable (though that hadn’t always been the case), surely ‘graphic novels’ must be doubly respectable …. 

It would take another decade before enough long, ambitious comics gave the concept critical mass … until enough work worthy of critical attention made a bookstore section of some sort inevitable…”

Art Spiegelman, Eisner-award winning cartoonist/author of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner Maus in his introduction (copyright 2004) to the visual adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass  copyright 2004 by Paul Auster, Paul Karazik and David Mazzucchelli (Picador) ….

Maus - cover

a revised version of Neon Lit: Paul Auster’s City of Glass first published in the U.S. in 1994 by Avon Books.

Auster - Neon Lit

Paul Auster’s novel City of Glass copyright 1985 (Sun and Moon Press)

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