The Walking Dead artist says the now familiar label marks off the term as restricted to children, when it should be for everyone

This article titled “New comics laureate Charlie Adlard declares war on ‘the graphic novel'” was written by Alison Flood, for theguardian.com on Monday 17th October 2016 12.25 UTC

The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard has been appointed as the UK’s new comics laureate – taking the opportunity to call time on use of the expression “graphic novel”.

Adlard, who has worked on comics including 2000AD, Mars Attacks, The X-Files, Judge Dredd and X-Men, as well as being the artist behind the popular zombie series The Walking Dead, was appointed to the role at the Lakes international comic art festival in Kendal, Cumbria at the weekend. He is the UK’s second comics laureate, following Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, who was appointed in 2014. The role is intended to “raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity”, and can go to a comics creator, writer or artist.

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