Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels
Comics have a long history, and since they first ever created somehow they tried to tell a story. Sure, probably at the beginning the stories weren't that complex, the characters were very basic and the main purpose was to be probably just comical daily strips on newspaper and such. But as time went by, something changed, people evolved and everyone started to demand more: the comics became more complex, with fully developed characters and intriguing stories. There were daily strips with a continuity, comic book issues, and finally... graphic novels. Graphic novels are exactly what the name say: novels, and therefore they have the same structure as novels (with a beginning, a middle and a ending - no stories in different episodes, most of the time) very heavy story with compelling characters, but in graphic form. No reading (well, except for the dialogues), no descriptions, no endless amounts of words... Everything is told by the drawings, and most of the time graphic novels are extremely adult, very popular and really appreciated by the public. If you are still confused, maybe I should give some example, I should quote some of the most popular and famous names, to fully explain you why graphic novels are so great, and what make them popular. For example, have you ever heard of Watchmen? Sure, it's a good movie, but as you could easily imagine it was originally a comic, a graphci novel to be precise, created by Alan Moore. Even decades after its first appearance, graphic novel fans still consdired it as one of the best examples of the genre. Another common example would be Maus, by Art Spiegelman: it's a graphic novel about the holocaust and the horrors of WWII, and therefore it might seem like a very common story it's actually a big developed satire with a deep social commentary, and the characters are all drawed like animals. The protagonists are mice, for example. It's another popular and good graphic novel. And for a third and final example, I'll prove you that graphic novels aren't only original stories with new characters, sometime a author take a character that already exist and put him in a new interesting story, like the case of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, a story about... you guessed it, Batman. Considered one of the best stories about the superhero. Anyway, giving so many examples probably was enough to describe how popular and good graphic novels can be. Don't underestimate comics, they can be truly pieces of art.

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  • Often incredible drawings
  • They tell a full story, without any problem with time or number or pages. Exactly what they want to tell
  • Often in color
  • No descriptions or stuff like that: all is told by what you see

  • They are extremely expensive
  • You can read them very quickly... almost TOO quickly, like a hour or two
  • Without descriptions, however, you have little use for your imagination
  • If you already watched a popular movie based on a graphic novel, you might feel to skip it



More vibrant

I love reading manga. I dig the humor. I dig the pretty characters. But overall, the quality of graphic novels trump manga. Graphic novels are usually in full color. Because of this, graphic novels are pleasing to the eyes. They may be a bit darker and more serious than manga, but that's usually a good thing. The stories are much more interesting in graphic novels. Stories in manga almost feel the same when you've watched lots of anime in the past.
Posted by limberg on 11-28-2017

Graphic Novels

I vote for these as being what I prefer. I don't know a lot about Manga but I grew up with graphic novels so I would say these are my preference, although I think both can be good.
Posted by kgord on 12-13-2017

Graphic ones.

I think manga is a relatively interesting option, but graphic novel is more relevant to me because I can see more orignity in this type of work, something different and that holds my attention for longer making me curious to read more and more.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-26-2017

I Agree with Jane Yolen

My kids have lots of manga books in their personal library and I'm not the least bit tempted to read any of them. Whereas one of my favorite fantasy writers of books for children decided to move into the graphic novel genre. Now my interest is peaked. If graphic novels are good enough for Jane Yolen, them they're good enough for me.
Posted by foxchannel on 12-21-2017

Graphic Novels

Color is really the issue here. I don't mind certain scenes or pages of a comic done in black and white or variant but I prefer everything to be in color when it comes to comics. Which is why I prefer Graphic Novels.
Posted by NickJ on 11-25-2017

More emotional

If you have any idea on how much emotion that is put in making Graphic Novels, you would know that it's not an easy task because it tells a whole lot more than it's supposed to be. It's actually why Graphic Novels are very expensive because it takes a lot to fixed up any kind of Graphic Novels on any particular subject matter.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-18-2018

Graphic Novels

Manga dont really entice me. I am not into Asian stuff and I appreciate graphic novels than manga. Also I dont like to spent so much for series of manga books that I have no guarantee that will be finished. There are many manga series that took so many years that there creator already died without finishing the story.
Posted by anchoreztin on 10-05-2018


I love reading manga, however graphic novels are better for me than manga because it has clearer ending and more flowy story and not boring, sometimes manga are too long and very hard to follow.
Posted by nrnlss on 10-30-2018

There is a unique land in the world, a magical place filled with interesting stuff, with a popular culture that is loved and admire everywhere in the world: Japan! It's a very intruguing place, that many people dream to visit, and many admire, and that gift the western world with various peculiar pieces of art, etc. For example, we all know and love comic books, but there is a particular kind of "comic" (don't hate me for calling them like this) coming from Japan, called manga! The word in Japan actually mean "comic" and it's used to refer to comic in general, while in the western culture it's mostly used just for japanese comics. Since it refers to the whole catalogue of comics from a entire country, manga have very different genres, they are for many different targets and have very different style. The concept is almost always the same, however: comic books from Japan that you must read backwards. It's kinda hard to explain by words, but many tankobon (that's the name of the variouos manga volumes) sold in the western world have some istructions at the end about how to read it. It gets sometime to get used to, but if you catch on you'll have a access to a whole new way of storytelling! You can find comic manga for kids, thriller and horror manga for adults, and a lot of manga just and only for adults, for the themes that are depicted. Yes, despite what it might looks like from some of the drawings, that most of the time have very big eyes and a somehow childhish look, manga are mostly and also for adults. I mean, would you want a kid to read a manga about a guy who find a book capable to kill anyone just by writing their name, and ending up considering himself a god? While surrounded by literally Gods of death? And I used Death Note as a example just because it's one of the most popular manga of all time, but I could have used a lot of other stuff. Sure, there are also manga for kids: for example, Doraemon is pretty popular in cartoons... I mean, anime... but like many anime he had its origins in manga during the '70s. And indeed, talking about anime, many manga have anime adaptation and it's often really cool to see the drawings you loved coming to life, in full colors! Manga aren't only for Japan lovers, they can be a interesting and new way to tell and read stories.

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  • Most of the time they are made just by one person, so you get to see a whole story like they intend to tell it
  • Often they have wonderful drawings
  • Japan's way of storytelling can be interesting
  • Almost always completely uncensored

  • Most of the time they are in black and white
  • It might be hard to get used to how to read them
  • Long wait times between the various chapters
  • Since they are mostly made by just one author, if the author gets tired or worse dies, the manga will be over or in danger
  • Sometimes the drawings are way too detailed and is hard to understand what's going on




I think the best art in raw form is possible with the manga. You can find a lot of good artists too. You can see that some of the art managers and the explorers prefer the manga form. And it seems like a good option to reach more people. I'd say that on the budget scale the manga is also good.
Posted by overcast on 11-28-2017

Manga reader here!

I am a fan of anime and also I am a manga reader. I love reading manga because its contents are so cool especially if it show in anime. But for me, I refer to read first the manga. Because the story are more complete in it. I agree that graphic novels are cool too. But I think it depends on the person who wants to read any reading materials.
Posted by blank629 on 11-27-2017

Prefer Managa

I read both comics and manga/manwa/manhua because some fulfill niches and others don't. They're like apples and oranges, just because both use drawings and such to tell a story doesn't make them the same. Manga may have sprung up from already existing graphics arts in Asia + US comic influence but it became something of its own.

Comics appeal more to the Western mentality and in typical US fashion likes to draw series out to infinity if they can, even to the point of nearly destroying a franchise a few times like with Batman/Superman a couple times in the past. Plus the stories are controlled by the creators and there's entire rotating groups of artists and writers basically writing approved fanfiction for the franchise. Some are good some are horrid. Ever since the US looked back East to regain some inspiration, the comic industry has been taking a lot of ideas from manga to change and stay alive.

Manga and its other counterparts in Asia is more varied in nature. There's superhero comics, slice of life comics, historical fiction comics, autobiographies, you name it and it's a manga. Even scientific texts sometimes are in manga format to help illustrate and teach. Asia publishes manga like the rest of the world publishes normal books. Only difference is that these stories are told in images without needing to spend weeks on colorizing and spending extra money on expensive ink. Plus the art styles wildly vary versus the comic industry's which only changed in the past 15 years or so. After they got their financial butts kicked and had to change their ways to reflect changing times and competition from Asia.

Posted by Rhodolite on 11-26-2017


I prefer to read manga as it never bores me and also I like how it illustrates each of the scenes in detail so it never bores me to read. I hate reading and when I read, I want to make sure that it's an interesting manga so I won't stop reading it and finish it to the end. I do love the storyline and the graphics of a manga than any kind of novels.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 12-27-2017

I feel more engaged

Ever since I was young, I was more exposed to animes and mangas on television and on my phone. I feel like with anime, there is a deeper meaning to the story. As we can notice, Japan takes its anime/manga industry seriously. Mangas are the kind of art that is unique and can only be found in Japan. Its difference with other kinds of illustrations is what draws me in reading more mangas.
Posted by hazel42704 on 03-03-2018

I am a manga reader

Yes, it might be hard to read manga for those beginners but as the time you learned how to read it already then it'll be easier for you now. For me, I like how mangaka (japanese author) create a type of story in all genres. They are very interesting and the most interesting genre for me is their mystery because there are a lot twists and also their slice of life genre. They make such a good thought for life. Manga may be in white and black form but it doesn't matter to me as long as I enjoy it a lot. One more thing, japanese style of reading is really interesting for me so that is why I am fond of reading their manga and other books.
Posted by mitan143 on 04-11-2018

I lived in Japan so it's manga for me

After having spent time in Japan it's hard to go past manga. I think there are so many great stories and fun manga to read, plus there's all the cute collectibles that come along with them!
Posted by amelia88 on 10-15-2018

Fun and More Age Appropriate for me

I am a teenager and I prefer stories that are made for my age and those stories are on Mangas. Also, Mangas have funny stories and their illustrations are very cute.
Posted by jaybee19 on 10-25-2018


None. In fact, I have never read a Graphic novel or manga. However, I am an avid reader and I read literary fictions. I read classic as well as modern literature. gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite author, I also like to read salman Rusdie.
Posted by vinaya on 11-24-2017
There are plenty of people into the animation. And 2D animation has lot more value on that part. You can see that both manga and animation based content is in demand too. That's why I think it'd be reasonable to check the manga first and then go for the graphic novels. I think japanese and the korean art is lot better too.
Posted by overcast on 11-28-2017
I'm not fond of this two things but for me I will choose manga rather than graphic model. Since I knew a little bit about manga because I have heard some of them in my classmates and they looks cool. So I guess this manga is pretty cool.
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018
When I was young, my older brothers used to buy the imported DC comics. They love Superman and Batman. But we have local comics here that come in different genre. I remember one comics called Funny Komiks which is for children. As the name suggests, it’s all humor for the kids. There are also local comics of fantasy and drama about real life where the ending usually have a moral lesson. Some of the comics writers even became movie directors such as Pablo Gomez and Carlo Caparas who was even named national artist a decade ago. Until now, their stories and chacters are still earning from the tv shows that had been adapted from the comics.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-04-2018
This is rare but this time it's a tie for me. I equally feel just alright about both and don't really feel particularly more affection for either. I find the stories and themes in manga a little more unique and imaginative but the drawings and art styles in Western graphic novels are often more varied and also a lot more colorful. If this were in terms of animation I'd give the slight edge to the Japanese type since it is smoother and more refined but in terms of their comic books they are both just equal to me.
Posted by Wubwub on 02-04-2018
I would choose manga since I have been an avid fan of anime and anime is related to manga so I have to choose manga without any doubt. I had read a lot of manga before and I really find it enjoying and interesting. I also like how the character styles drawn by the Japanese artists although graphic novel is also cool but I still love how they made the drawing style of manga that's one of the reason also. It's a bit colorful when you take a look at some of the graphic novels and manga is only black and white sometimes it has color but light one. I prefer light or simple colors so I choose Manga.
Posted by nekonieden on 03-07-2018
One thing that is quite interesting about manga is that it is related to anime and that is a good way to feel that representation that the anime shows which is really nice. Also, if you take a close look at the works of the Japanese artist, you will notice that he took time to make the art colorful and one that you also wouldn't want to reject, so it should be a difficult call here for me.
Posted by Barida on 03-11-2018
I have actually seen a lot of Manga works and read a few but really problem is that I'm not that much into anime, so works on Manga hardly pricks my interests. I actually know a few people who love Manga work and they are willing to read it anytime and any day they get in contact with it.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-18-2018
I guess if it came down to it, I'd prefer graphic novels for their ease of understanding. Most manga is written in Japanese. And it's usually read right to left. I don't want to exert too much effort on something that should easily be enjoyed.
Posted by Steve5 on 05-07-2018
We don't have a lot of manga here, you can find them nowadays, but back when I was a kid the only thing you could find were comics. So, I grew up reading comics and some graphic novels my aunt used to buy. Eventually, thanks to Internet, people were able to find all those online, so more than checking out for printed ones, they were angry for online versions. I'm a traditional person who enjoys reading printed pages, so I would take any of them, I love graphic novels because I grew up reading them, but I like manga stories a lot, very nice characters, and interesting plots.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-25-2018
I read both but I like manga better. There's something about manga, the way they draw it that makes it more likable than comics. The story are also more unique than the comics that has mainstream storyline.
Posted by allyn2017 on 10-30-2018
Graphic novels vs manga: I read graphic novels most before when those time the internet was not that accesible but today I can say that I am now watching more manga stories than I've read novels compare before. I can say thay manga is addicted.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 11-22-2018
The novel, unless you don't like to actually read a lot, its (obviously) further ahead, and it progresses quite nicely. That being said I haven't read the manga at all, but I have read 24 volumes of the LN and like anything some volumes are worse than others but overall I think it's solid.
Posted by Caguioa747 on 12-14-2018