Tuesday, April 15, 2008

French Cartoonist cries, "There's No Such Thing as a Graphic Novel!" World yawns.

Comics creator Cyril Pedrosa apparently filled his guest-blog quota over at First Second with the ponderous entry, "There's No Such Thing as a Graphic Novel."

Okay. Whatever you say. And there's no such thing as a "movie," there is only "CINEMA!"

Like Marjane Satrapi's absurd objections, this is all sound and fury, signifying nothing (to coin a phrase). You know what? There is no such thing as a COMIC BOOK! What about those "sequential art" works that are not funny in the slightest? No comedy there, hence "comic book" makes no sense. It's something the marketers thought up. Let's scrap it.

In fact, if we're going all the way back to the Bard with "sound and fury," we may as well fight this stupid hair-splitting, word-parsing non-issue by bringing "comic" and "comedy" back to its Shakespearean sense, meaning a story with a 3-act structure (though often 5 actual acts) that starts happily, proceeds to disarray in the middle, and ends happily. Does every "comic" unfold in this fashion? No. Many of them are tragedies. Many unfold with little or no narrative structure at all, let alone a comedic structure.

So, perhaps there is no such thing as a Graphic Novel in France, but I can confidently say that there are such things as Graphic Novels in the USA, and elsewhere. I know. I make them.

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