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Ever since the term was popularized in the late '70s, graphic novels have challenged the boundaries of comic book writing. Unrestricted by the need to serialize or subdue their work, writers have used this freedom to address themes most important to them. From the woes of adolescence in 'Ghost World' to political revolt in 'V for Vendetta', here’s how the graphic novel has proven itself as a powerful storytelling art form.

The do’s and don’ts of comic book writing has always been up for debate, with certain controversial subjects being labeled as ’untouchable’ for the art form's commercial culture. However, there will always be artists that challenge the idea that certain topics must be avoided when creating a graphic novel. Here’s a look at some of the finest examples of graphic novelists who broke the mold by addressing taboo subjects.

Talking animals have long been a staple of children’s entertainment, so we tend to associate this storytelling technique with early education and light entertainment for kids. However, graphic novels have proven time and time again that the psychology behind anthropomorphic characters transcends genre and culture, and can be used to masterfully address adult themes.

Alan Moore brought many of the world’s most celebrated graphic novels to life. With classics such as 'Watchmen' and 'From Hell' to his name, his impact on the art form arguably rivals Stan Lee’s influence on the comic book industry. Looking back at the eccentric’s prosperous career, let's explore how Moore’s work created a decisive shift in the industry and inspired a new generation of writers and artists.

Hailed as the writer of ‘the greatest batman story never told’, Creator Gerardo Preciado gained notoriety with fan-made comics 'The Deal' and 'God’s End'. Both caught the attention of fans for their honest, unadulterated look at the humanity of characters we know and love. In his interview with Creators.co, Preciado talks inspirations, collaborations and the social influence of the graphic novel industry.

Throughout the medium's history, writers and artists have used the graphic novel to explore complex subject matter close to their hearts. From unreliable narrators to portraying subjectivity with color palettes, here’s how writers and artists alike have used graphic novels to tell complex stories with imaginative storytelling techniques.