Scott Van Wynsberghe takes the bull by the horns and asks the question "Are they a new art form-or just an adult rehash of the classic comic book?"
"Thus, what is called the graphic novel is questionable at best. It turns out to have a lineage running partly back to Mad, some of its other aspects were anticipated generations ago by everything from children's comics to porn, its alleged birth in the 1970s was remarkably messy and even some of its star players have doubted its very name. In the end, maybe we are just talking about comic books that hate to be called comic books."
An interesting article on "Graphic Novels" in the National Post HERE.