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The Secret Origin of the ‘Graphic Novel’: Where Eisner Heard the Term

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Though he wasn't the first person to use it, legendary comics creator Will Eisner is credited with popularizing the term "graphic novel" to describe the long-form comic book story. As the story goes -- or at least, as it's often repeated in Eisner biographies like Bob Andelman's A Spirited Life and Michael Schumacher's A Dreamer's Life in Comics -- is that Eisner needed something other than "comic book" to call A Contract With God in order to get publishers to take it seriously, and came up with the term "graphic novel" on the spot.

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