Graphic novels... eh, just pretentious comic fans trying to sound sophisticated. Can everyone just agree to call all forms of printed (and some forms of online)sequential art "funnybooks?"SERIOUSLY. There is no shame in reading comics and funnybooks.
Mu understanding is the difference between graphic novels and comic books is the length. So if you have a whole story arch combined into one book it would be classified as a graphic novel. And if you have a graphic novel parceled out into 15-25 pages then it'd be classified as a comic book. No reason to get so upset about it though. xD
Thus far I haven't met anyone who has strong opinions about the distinction that I'd ever think anything positive about.
The really weird thing is, a "comic book" is actually a magazine, while a "graphic novel" is actually a comic BOOK.