A graphic novel is a long-form work in the comics form, usually with lengthy and complex storylines, and often aimed at mature audiences. In contrast to the familiar comic magazines, a graphic novel is typically bound using materials of more durable qualities, using a light card stock for soft-cover bindings or a heavier card for the hardback editions, enclosed in a dust jacket. Graphic novels are generally sold in bookstores and comic book shops, rather than on comic books' original point of sale, newsstands. The term can also encompass a short-story collection, or collected issues of previously published comic books republished in a single large volume.
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