The line between books and graphic novels has grown narrower in the last few years. Novelists have started scripting comics, comic writers have started doing prose novels, novels have been adapted into comics, and comics have been adapted into novels.
But one medium that’s emerging is a combination of the two – the prose novel with sequential comic sections, such as J. M. Dematteis and Mike Ploog’s Abadazad. One that’s received a great deal of critical acclaim is Simon and Schuster’s The Fog Mound by the husband-and-wife team of Susan Schade and Jon Buller. Alternating prose chapters with comics-format chapters, its format helps bring to life a colorful yet atmospheric world of talking animals.