A graphic novel is a longer, complex piece of text that usually covers the story in one book. A comic book is shorter and tells the story over many volumes.
Why Are Graphic Novels Important for Learning?
Graphic novels are important tools for cognitive learning and are rich in visual literacy. The more image-based nature of graphic novels can make them less intimidating to read for beginners and also allows readers to understand words through pictures.
Graphic: Single volumes. It is monographic. Full-length novel.
Comic: Serials. They are published every once in a while. They can be compared with short stories.
Caption: A box of text that gives details on the background and setting of the scene. Often at the top or bottom of the panel.
Close-up: An angle that zooms into an image, like a character's face, to allow for a closer view.
Layout: The configuration of all the elements on the page, the way in which the frame, panels, speech bubbles, etc. are arranged to tell the narrative.