OPB’s Think Out Loud recently [re?]aired The Rise of the Graphic Novel. During the show they discuss the difference between comics and the graphic novel, which, IMHO, there really isn’t one. One of the guests echoed my sentiments when he said, “graphic novels are just comics with spines.” And that is book spine, of course. Manga and comics in libraries also come into play, and there is some great commentary from Alison Bedchel, James Lucas Jones, head editor at Portland based Oni Press [publishers of Scott Pilgrim], and many local Portland comics artists and fans.
Give it a listen here.