I was talking to a friend recently about my fascination with comics, specifically Neil Gaiman's Sandman series and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, and she interrupted me to correct me. "Not comics," she said. "Graphic novels." It was all I could do to keep from foaming at the mouth. I then patiently explained to her the excellent marketing gimmick that is the 'graphic novel', and how it was originally used to describe comic-book adaptations of short stories and novellas, and how Will Eisner co-opted the term to market his A Contract With God, and Other Tenement Stories to adults, instead of the children who traditionally read comic books. I then directed her to a YouTube video of Neil Gaiman explaining how he wrote comics, and couldn't, for the world of him, understand what a 'graphic novel' was.