I've been in to picture books, comics, manga, graphic novels or what ever you prefer to call the medium of artistic story telling for a long time. I remember trying to explain my appreciation for graphic novels to my parents. They looked at me with slightly puzzled, slightly worried looks...
"...so are they called graphic novels because they are violent?"
"Some are some aren't, but thats not important"
"... so are they called graphic novels because they have naughty pictures?"
"Some do some don't, but that's not important"
".. so is it the foul language that makes them graphic?"
" NO!, they are called graphic because of the art work."