Friday, April 01, 2005

Nomenclature

From an article in the Rocky Mountain News:

Even the late Will Eisner, who often received credit for coining the genre's moniker, preferred to characterize the marriage of text and images in book form as "sequential art." He invented the term "graphic novel" out of desperation, in an attempt to sell his first book - a series of illustrated short stories - to a publisher who didn't dabble in comics. The publisher passed, but Eisner's work eventually found a home. A Contract with God was published in 1978, marking the birth of a new genre.