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At a panel at the 92nd St. Y, comic book creators came down against the term "graphic novel," which we've always hated because it could mean, like, a graphically violent Chuck Pahlaniuk Palahniuk (hey, we're nailing "Kuczynski" on a regular basis, ok?) novel, and because it doesn't make any sense when applied to a single issue of a thinky comic book. La Perdida author Jessica Abel summed it up: "A graphic novel is a description, not a definition of an art form. We really need to repossess that word [comics] and make it something we can use."

We totally support comic book nerds in their effort to take back this term, and we promise to use it every time we cover comic books, which is going to be . . . yeah, basically just this one time.

On the Scene: GNs at the Y [PWBeat]