When you think of graphic novels, Manga or another popular sci-fi series might come to mind. In fact, graphic novels have entered the realm of more popular mainstream fiction (and nonfiction) of today. Especially popular with teens and young adults, graphic novels can be a way to reach even your most reluctant readers. Typically a graphic novel is bound in a sturdier manner than comics and has the more typical layout of a novel such as chapters, etc.
My first adventure into graphic novels came as a child in the late 1950s and early 60s, although at the time we called them classic comic books. I was introduced to many of the classics, such as Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, The Deerslayer, Crime and Punishment, and The Man in the Iron Mask in this way. Interestingly, the DC Classics Illustrated series I read way back then has now been re-released in bound editions.
A Brief History of Graphic Novels
Link to an NPR Public Radio interview with two authors of graphic novels
Graphic Novel Links
No Flying, No Tights
Reviews graphic novels for teens (all genres)
Great list of recommended graphic novels
Using graphic novels in the high school classroom
Best Graphic Novels: Maus and Clan Apis
Resources for Maus
Links for Clan Apis and other Jay Hosler graphic novels