Graphic novels and comics are both forms of sequential art, but there are some key differences between them. Graphic novels are usually standalone stories with more complex plots, while comics are usually part of a series and cover multiple stories. Graphic novels tend to resemble real stories, while comics are often seen as a form of escapism. Graphic novels also receive an international standard book number (ISBN), while comics usually don't.
Graphic novels and comics have long been seen as a form of entertainment for children or teenagers, but many adults also enjoy them. The distinction between graphic novelists and comic book writers is often compared to the difference between artists and illustrators. While some people view comics as an inferior art form, others argue that it is simply a marketing term designed to sell the most expensive format. At the end of the day, whether someone enjoys the high art of the graphic novel or the escapism of the comic book depends on the individual.
Both forms of sequential art can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and they can both be used to tell compelling stories.