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Sample responses 2

"There is general agreement that it would be impossible to make workable distinctions between these types of material and therefore support for the Editors' recommendation."

"It makes sense that comic strips are classed in 741.5 along with graphic novels. However, in the definition of graphic novels in none of the literature or everyday use of the term have we heard that 'newspaper comic strips reprinted in book form' are graphic novels. The common definition of graphic novels is: 'stand-alone stories in comics form published as books' and 'collections of stories initially published serially in comic books.

"The editors' recommendations at 741.5 are not followed when dealing with stories in pictures or comic strip format. F [i.e. Fiction] is preferred if picture books or cartoons form a narrative. Use 741.5 only for those cartoons and comics, with or without captions, which do not form narratives. If in doubt, prefer F."

"We decided that comic books were indistinguishable from graphic novels. However, the cartoon books seem to have a potentially different group of readers than the graphic novels, and the cartoon strips usually originated in newspapers and are humorous. They may have a continuous story, or may be completely unrelated, like collections of single-panel 'Far Side' cartoons. The comic books and graphic novels tend to have a sustained story, and to be based on animated TV or movies, or previously published serial comic books. (Of course there are some characters that have been featured in every genre, comic strips, comic books, animated & live TV & movies, text-only novels, etc., so you're probably right that you can't make the distinction we're making in any clear and consistent way.)"

"I believe we took some liberty with the call number and made an extension to house the graphic novels together. This way they weren't interfiled with the comic books but would be close by. This seemed to satisfy those who didn't want to see the graphic novels in with the comic books but the customers who did want them together were satisfied because they were in close proximity."

"There are three clear, broad categories involved here, and there should be little or no difficulty for anyone—either catalogers or end-users—to distinguish between them at a glance:

  1. Single panel cartoons/caricatures.
  2. Comic strips that are the graphic equivalent of brief prose anecdotes.
  3. Graphic stories, including those originally published serially in comic strip or comic book form, those originally published in a single volume, and those originally published serially as a series of volumes."

"It seems spurious to argue that the failure of some to be rigorous in their identifying of graphic novels as formally different from single-moment representations (caricatures), comics (serials publications in which neither the beginning nor the end point of the story informs the current episode in hand), comic strips (single-movement—joke, thought—expositions that may be republished in a collection but which collection forms no overarching arc of development of characters or plot) should divest the DDC from applying rigorous classification of these manifestations of sequential art so as to connote the fact of their differences. It does not serve the purpose of the user who would class all formal narratives—be they traditional prose-only novels, graphic novels, or verse novels—so that they may be brought together."