What about fantasy art and comic books/graphic novels? Aren't they art too?

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What about fantasy art and comic books/graphic novels? Aren't they art too?

From Brian K. Yoder

Published before 2005


Q: What about fantasy art and comic books/graphic novels? Aren't they art too?

If they are competently done (as described above) they certainly can be. Fantasy art differs from other painting and drawing only in subject matter. Comics/graphic novels might more formally be said to contain many works of art (with the overall book being more properly thought of as literature with a strong emphasis on illustration), but that's a rather trivial difference and it misses the key point, that the individual drawings or paintings in a comic/graphic novel can indeed be art.