Who Quizzes the Quizmen: A Graphic Novel Quiz
by Staff
It's enough to make Batman sigh with envy -- graphic novels are the big boys of comic books, grappling with the human experience in ways the Caped Crusader could only dream of. How much do you know about the art of graphic novels?

In the comic book world, what's a trade book made up of?

  • comic books from several publishers
  • multiple comic books bound together
  • the funny pages of many Sunday newspapers

How are graphic novels different from comic books?

  • They are funnier than comic books.
  • Graphic novels contain more advanced illustrations.
  • They are longer than comic books.

Which movie is based on a graphic novel?

  • "Priest"
  • "The Lord of the Rings"
  • "Dawn of the Dead"

What kind of art form is a graphic novel?

  • sequential art
  • graphic art
  • visual art

What was one of the first comics to be named a graphic novel retroactively?

  • "The Sandman"
  • "A Contract with God"
  • "The Day After"

What sort of subjects do graphic novels explore?

  • the hilarious adventures of comic book characters
  • mostly the adventures of superheroes
  • just about any subject

Why do some graphic novel fans take offense when people call the novels comic books?

  • Comics and graphic novels are entirely different mediums.
  • They love Hollywood, and only graphic novels are made into movies.
  • They want graphic novels to avoid stereotypes associated with comic books.

Graphic novels bear many hallmarks of comic books, including which elements?

  • balloons used for emphasis
  • holographic images
  • exuberant poetry

How are comix different from comics?

  • Comix must adhere to the Comics Code Authority.
  • The word comix ends with an x.
  • Comix are underground comics that often deal with racy subject matter.

Some academics who study graphic novels say that these kinds of books should be considered what?

  • an advanced genre of comic book
  • a type of time-lapse film
  • their own type of medium or art form

How many writers does it take to create a graphic novel?

  • two
  • three
  • none of the above

What role do inkers play in graphic novel creation?

  • They create the drawings.
  • They add to and refine the penciler's work.
  • They imagine the layouts.

Why do some students with learning disabilities like dyslexia have an easier time reading graphic novels than traditional books?

  • Graphic novels are only a few pages long.
  • The sparse text and graphic nature helps them understand the story better.
  • They can skip the words entirely and still comprehend the book.

During the development of graphic novels, what do colorists do?

  • They add color.
  • They prepare the files for the printing press.
  • They add strange jokes, or colorful commentary, to the text.

What was the purpose of the Comics Code Authority?

  • to ensure that comic book content was safe and appropriate for kids
  • to help Federal officials locate Communist comic book inkers
  • to locate, arrest and interrogate hippie comic book writers

These days, school librarians often do what with graphic novels?

  • put them on a list of censored titles
  • fight to include them in libraries
  • make nice fires

Why do many fans of graphic novels abhor Hollywood movies based on these books?

  • They don't think graphic novels translate well into films.
  • Movie directors purposely ruin the plots of graphic novels.
  • Theater popcorn is just way too expensive.

How has the Internet changed the way we read graphic novels?

  • You can instantly read some novels, occasionally for free.
  • You have to pay extra for shipping.
  • The digital versions are much nicer to look at than the printed ones.

How do letterers fit into the making of a graphic novel?

  • They made the varsity writing team three years straight.
  • They add intricately detailed text to the pages.
  • They manage the pre-press elements of printing.

Why do some people dislike the term graphic novel?

  • They think it’s a snooty term for what are essentially comic books.
  • They don’t like racy subject material, which the name implies.
  • They're terribly disappointed to find illustrations instead of graphs in the books.