Thursday 27th November 2014,
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Stir the Pot Saturday: Week 33

Jeff Hill 08/17/2013 Reviews

Welcome back, everyone! Just a quick reminder of what our goal for each and every Saturday is: Stirring the pot is the act of causing trouble for the sake of your own amusement. So we here at Comic Booked would like to formally invite you to discuss, debate, and start some shit talkin’ about the characters, the creators, and the storylines given to us from the industry we all know and love, hate, and love to hate. So let’s quit wasting time and start the mud (or web) slinging!

 

This Saturday’s question: How do you feel about “graphic novel” and other non-nerd safe terminology?

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Do you hate the fact that comics are now called “graphic novels?” Or are you okay with it? And while I’m at it, let’s discuss another important topic: Does it really matter, is it making something from our day-to-day life seem somehow cooler to the masses, or is it completely defeating the point when your undergrad teaching assistant introduces that you’re reading a “graphic novel” in your English 101 course? Or is it the same people in the back row yelling, “You mean a comic? What are we, eight?” or the same people in the front row shaking their heads going, “it’s a serialized collection, or trade paperback, because Alan Moore didn’t originally intend for it to be…” and so on and so forth?

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So go forth and debate! But be sure to back up your responses. Don’t be scared. And don’t give up. After all, no one likes a quitter. And you’re not a quitter, are you?

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Jeff Hill is a moderately reformed frat boy turned writer/teacher living the dream in Lincoln, Nebraska. He does freelance work and writes fiction, none of which is about corn or the husking of corn. His work has appeared in over a dozen publications and his mom has a binder full of printed copies for any doubters. Plus, he's the Chief Creative Officer of Comic Booked. So that's pretty neat, too.

  1. Skott_Jimenez 08/18/2013 at 1:27 pm

    Personally, I can't stand it. When I see the credits or a movie or TV show and see 'Based on the graphic novel…' it sickens me. The Walking Dead is based on the COMIC BOOK series, not graphic novel series.
    I remember when a graphic novel was a stand alone, usually prestige format book, slightly thicker than a regular comic, story that was never published as a traditional comic.
    Trade Paperbacks were collections of issues, not graphic novels.
    What really sickens me is we've worked so long and hard for respect from the general public that to begin to change what we call out items just shows we didn't really like it all to begin with. THEY need to accept the term comic book, we shouldn't be forced to dumb down what out items are called just because they are beginning to accept us.

    I also hate the term 'floppies' that I hear people call a regular comic book. Call them comics, monthlies, comic book… stop using floppies it's a stupid term.

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