The genre's success has carved out new bookshelf space in bookstores, and caused Hollywood to come calling: In addition to Miller's Sin City and 300, recent movies such as V for Vendetta, Road to Perdition, and A History of Violence began as graphic novels. The holiday season brings the animated film version of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, about girlhood in Iran after the fall of the shah; Satrapi served as codirector. Satrapi lives in France, a nation where graphic novels have been a respected form for decades. In Japan, the bulky comics known as manga are read by businessmen on the subway. In many ways, America has embraced its graphic novelists a little late. Even so, the genre's success is due to its global appeal, Mahoney said. Graphics with straightforward dialogue enable the medium to simplify complex issues and cut through language and cultural barriers at the lightning speed of the Internet.
The article orients itself around an exhibit at the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge MA. which is described as 'captivating'. I will do what they didn't which is to link to the exhibition which runs from November 10 - May 26, 2008.
LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel
A burgeoning art form with roots planted firmly in history, graphic novels, or long-form comic books, have inspired the interest of the literary establishment and a growing number of readers. For today's aficionados, graphic novels, with their antiheroes and visual appeal, are positioned to usurp the role that the novel once played. Focused on subjects as diverse as the nature of relationships, the perils of war, and the meaning of life, graphic novels now comprise the fastest-growing sections of many bookstores‹an accessible, vernacular art form with mass appeal.