The New York Times has a Q&A up with comic creator turned movie maven Marjane Satrapi on the film version of Persepolis, as well as why she prefers the term “comic” to “graphic novel”:
The problem with the phrase “graphic novel” is that it sounds as if it’s referring to a book with X-rated or at least overly explicit content. Exactly. Chris Ware said something great. He said when he hears the term graphic novel, it makes him think of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”
Do you think cartoonists have received their artistic due? No. People either like to write or they like to draw. And we like to do both. We’re like the bisexuals of the culture. People don’t have any problem if you are a homosexual or if you are a heterosexual, but if you are a bisexual, they have more of a problem with you.