Who calls them funny books?
Very old people, and anachronists.
"Comic" "Book"... Really? "Who calls them funny books?" Literally everyone who uses the English language.
I've got news for you: jellyfish aren't even fish. And no-one goes around calling them 'gelatine fish' either. Shocker!Names, eh? They tend to stick to a thing even when the strict meaning is no longer remotely accurate or relevant. In fact, for vast swathes of people I'd guess the term 'comic' doesn't even mean 'funny' anymore, as opposed to 'pamphlet full of picture stories, usually superheroes'.And people still don't call them 'funny books'.And people have something of a right to be pissed off about them when the writing is so arbitrary, inconsistent, and rotten.
Actually, in my metaphor people have been going around calling "Jellyfish," "Jamfish." But don't put any on your toast, it tastes awful.
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I think that's why people started calling them 'graphic novels' rather than 'comics'. Cause novels are super serious you guys.
If you know someone who only calls comics "graphic novels" they're probably not fun at parties.