How does a comic book ark become a.. graphic novel?

Discussion in 'Comic Books and Graphic Novels' started by ranoobu, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. ranoobu

    ranoobu I like fried chicken

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    I'm not sure if a comic book is already a graphic novel..

    I'm trying to figure out how some comics get the "re-release of a complete story ark in one complete book" form...

    Do all comics get this treatment? Does it have to hit a certain amount of sales? anyone know?

    For example, the Megatron origins TF comic out right now..

    I'd rather wait, but it would suck if there was no book..
     
  2. sharke

    sharke canadian piece of sh*t

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    Depends if (and when) publisher wants to put out as a trade. As for Megatron Origins, itd be a safe bet to assume IDW will put out a collected version, as theyve done it with every other ark and mini series.
     
  3. ranoobu

    ranoobu I like fried chicken

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    Sweet!

    Thanks for the heads up :) 
     
  4. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Pretty much every comic book that comes out these days ends up in a paper-back collection. Those paperbacks generate a huge percentage of all comic book sales.
     
  5. My03Tundra

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    ...as most people don't want to deal with the serial nature of comic books. They want it all in one location.
     
  6. ranoobu

    ranoobu I like fried chicken

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    yah. perfect for me :) 

    I'll just bite my fingers waiting for the next issue otherwise

    Thanks for contributing
     
  7. sharke

    sharke canadian piece of sh*t

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    very true, why wait when everything is rereleased as a TPB a month later
     
  8. ranoobu

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    nvm
     
  9. Liege Prime

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    Now for my old man rant: when I was a kid back in the '80s, comic books were $.99, and now they're $3.99 for a standard comic- which is a huge increase. I know art has increased dramatically, however the tools to make the art have become better as well so I am not sure if that is the reason for the hike. The paper quality is also better, but I still can't think of any entertainment product that has increased in price by 300%. Brand new video games went DOWN on the 32-bit machines, but now they are overall about $10 more then the '80s. Movie are about twice as much, books are maybe a couple bucks more, magazines are around the same... you guys get the point. Anyways, this is all just another reason to wait until a collection "graphic novel" comes out.
     
  10. Bryan

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    I LOVE the new trend of TPBs. Titles I follow religiously I still purchase, as much to support the work as anything else, but now I can grab the best of series that I'm not that interested in overall--like recently, I picked up a single Ult FF just for the first Marvel Zombie arc. And except for the second arc, I'll probably never read another Ult FF story again.

    Thanks, comic book industry!

    Oh, one thing--to me, a trade paperback is a collection of previously published individual comic book issues. A graphic novel, on the other hand, is story that was originally published in TPB format. But that's just me.
     
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    I think its better to say that its all sequential art.
     
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    Thats the way it is to most people.
     
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    Quick! To the comics forum!
     
  14. ranoobu

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    LOL.. darn.. i didn't know there was one!

    Thanks guys.. i really didn't know what the definition of the two types of books were..

    But I'm glad I got my answers and then some :music 
     
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    Back when I was a kid in the 80's, a novel cost about $3.99 (Canadian). Now they're usually $11.99. Biggest issue? Rising wages in the trades, rising fuel costs, depleted resources, and NAFTA bollocks in the lumber industry have all combined to raise paper costs. So anything printed on paper has a higher than inflation increase.

    Not that inflation is tiny; in 1970 my dad bought a house with a $10,000 a year job. Now my wife an I need $60,000 a year to live comfortably, and about $55,000 to scrape by.
     
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    Am I the only one who remembers when Graphic novel meant an actually stand alone stories in prestige format from marvel or DC and collected sets didn't exist yet? Not that I miss those days, its much nicer being able to pick up TPB so I can read my comics in long chunks rather then having to constantly flip through several issues of the comics.
     
  17. Bryan

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    I know some folks view it as pretentious, but I think it's an excellent phrase--either that or 'sequential storytelling.' The tem 'graphic novel' has helped comics in their transition to the mainstream. 'Sequential might help that transition along into legitimate art, where comics do belong.
     
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    I remember those days, now it seems like the only ones who do that are small independent publishers. I mean the really small and independent publishers. Comics are like every other industry in that they operate solely on what sells. People buy the TPBs like crazy so who's to fault them.
     
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    Thats the same with me, but I tend to buy 1 issue of the normal comic, like a demo or trailer, and if I like it then I buy the trade when it comes out.
     

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