"Teen activists worldwide are making headlines for their social justice
advocacy on everything from climate change and immigration to substance
abuse and LGBTQ issues. As young people get more vocal about these
issues, this trend is being reflected in the graphic novels they are
It’s a relatively new genre. The term graphic novel first came about
when cartoonist Will Eisner used the phrase to get publishers to
recognize his 1978 work, “A Contract with God: And Other Tenement
Stories,” as a novel rather than a comic book. Later, to help others
understand the term he coined the definition: “a long comic book that
would need a bookmark.”
Later, the cartoonist Art Spiegelman created “Maus,” which relayed his
father’s experiences during the Holocaust through pictures in which Jews
were mice, Germans were cats and Poles were pigs. The book became the
first Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel in 1992. It was a
game-changer, giving credibility to a format that many people, and even
Congress, had previously criticized.
Sales have soared since then."
Via Muse, who wrote "Oh! A few graphic novels I haven’t read yet!"
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