Definition: A graphic novel is often a set of collected comic books or a stand alone story that is squarebound. Graphic novels are usually cheaper than the collected comic books and are often found in book stores. The term graphic novel was coined as a marketing term to seperate itself from being categorized with other "funnies" or children's comic books. The term gained popularity after it was used on the cover of Will Eisners's "A Contract With God, and Other Tenement Stories", in 1978.
Examples:The Watchmen graphic novel is one of the best out there.