Comics scholars lament the problematic association of comics and fiction. Many of the most celebrated "graphic novels" are not novels at all but autobiographies. These "graphic narratives" make use of fictive literary devices, to be sure, but they also employ other devices of storytelling that are distinct from fiction. And yet, even that argument fails to address whether long-form comics can ever convey literary meaning without narrative.
What gets lost in some of the genre-squabbling over graphic novels is the extent to which comics can be poetry. This panel probes the possibilities of a lyric comics mode, a comics form that has more in line with poetry than narrative.