from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book of comics strips or cartoons, often relating a sustained narrative.

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  • n. A book or magazine that uses sequences of drawings to tell a story or series of stories, primarily in serialized form, usually fiction.

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  • n. a magazine devoted to comic strips


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  • Nothing much to see: a few fast-food wrappers, a comic book on the front seat, and a Haliburton suitcase on the backseat.

    Practical Demonkeeping

  • Is this just a comic book thingy or are you trying to ‘bury pop-philosophical ideas behind a playful facade’?

    The Welkening

  • After an encounter with sparrow, Henry finds he is able to fly just like his favorite comic book hero HawkMan.

    pottytrain your child in just one day

  • His name was Al Z, and for all intents and purposes he ran the Boston mob from above a comic book store on Newbury Street.

    The Killing Kind

  • “Not Guilty Arraignments,” he explains, and we burst into Courtroom 501 together like a comic book duo come to save the day.


  • The distant publisher of this comic book catalogue was said to have suffered instant seizure upon reading the first fiction to grace his pages, began spinning and bouncing off walls like a Linda Blair doll, and reportedly didn't re­spond to Thorazine until well after New Year's.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • “In the early 1950s, I had the largest comic book collection in my neighborhood,” says Trelease, who has a framed Call of the Wild Classic Comic Book hanging on the wall of his office.

    Grand Theft Childhood

  • He scripted the internationally syndicated comic strip Dick Tracy from 1977 to 1993, is cocreator of the comic book features Ms. Tree, Wild Dog, and Mike Danger, has written the Batman comic book and newspaper strip, and the mini-series Johnny Dynamite: Underworld.

    Sin City

  • “Derf” is John Backderf, a comic book artist I worked with at a newspaper in Akron, Ohio.

    Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture


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  • I don't know about comic books, but comic strips and comic panels are typically called FEATURES and the cartoonists who draw them are called CREATORS. Ex. Bill Hinds is the creator of two features for Universal Press Syndicate, "Cleats" and "Tank McNamara".

    July 22, 2008

  • I'm still harrumphing about "product" myself. :-)

    July 22, 2008

  • *frowns*

    July 18, 2008

  • Would "graphic novel" solve this?

    July 18, 2008

  • My, my. The interesting conversations that pop up when one clicks "random word"!

    July 18, 2008

  • *turns away dejected*

    March 2, 2007

  • Sorry kid, that's just too much to ask.

    March 2, 2007

  • AZ, is it that hard to just add another syllable and instead of saying comics, say comic books? Please? *makes puppy eyes*

    March 2, 2007

  • Hmm. Good point, u. I skip about half of the strips that run in my local newspaper, come to think of it. They're humor-free.

    March 1, 2007

  • granted.

    March 1, 2007

  • "Funnies." Now that's a Rubbie of mine. Largely because there is a fair number of newspaper comics that aren't remotely funny.

    March 1, 2007

  • Retail indeed! If only we could do without it. I remember the first time I heard that word applied to books. I thought I would die.

    I wonder whether "comics" vs. "comic books" is a regional thing? I'm with c_b on that, if only because it can be confusing. Is it a comic book or a page from the newspaper? Of course, "funnies" might resolve the confusion. :-)

    March 1, 2007

  • Oh reesetee, I hate when anything which should be plural is referred to as product. In fact, product is going on my Rubbies list! Retail!

    I have a friend who thinks I'm uptight over the whole comic book book thing. But I feel it gives the wrong impression. She might say, "I read 20 books this weekend," and I'm all impressed when what she meant was that she read 20 comics (sorry c_b, I refer to them as comics. Sunday comics are either comics or [funnies).

    March 1, 2007

  • Count me in. I also hate when books are referred to as "product"--singular, as though they're one big mashup of paper and boards. Eeeesh.

    March 1, 2007

  • No, but I hate it when people refer to comic books as comics.

    No, seriously! It makes me think of Sunday newspaper comics, which are not the same thing at all.

    March 1, 2007

  • Does anyone else hate it when people refer to comic books just as books?

    March 1, 2007