What Is the Biggest Graphic Novel Published?

The Kingstone Bible

Got the following press release recently.

Kingstone Comics, the nation’s largest publisher of Christian comics, is releasing the most complete graphic novel adaptation of the Bible ever published. The Kingstone Bible bring[s] together leading Christian writers with illustrators with credits from Marvel and DC Comics. With over 2,000 pages and 10,000 art panels, The Kingstone Bible is one of the largest graphic novels ever published.

I was kind of curious to see what a one-volume, two-thousand-page graphic novel would look like. Turns out, though, that this project comes in three hardcover volumes.

The Kingstone Bible

But it started me wondering… what is the largest graphic novel? Some of the Marvel Omnibus volumes have topped 1200 pages. Are those the biggest commercially published comics?



8 comments

  • The BONE ominibus is 1344. That’s the biggest I can think of off the top of my head.

  • Oooh, good catch. Winner so far!

  • SKFK

    COMIX 2000 from L’Association had (as you can tell from the title) 2,000 pages of comics, plus text pages. It’s an anthology, so not really a graphic novel by the strict definition of the term, but it’s definitely a “commercially published comic.”

  • Wow, I remember that now. I’d forgotten about that project. Thanks for the reminder!

  • James Schee

    The Invisibles Omnibus lists at 1500 pages on Amazon. Biggest one I’ve found.

  • David Ryan

    Strangers In Paradise omnibus is 2,128 pages.

  • David Ryan

    Incidentally, do you plan on providing coverage on this bible graphic novel? I know mainstream comic news sites are not big on covering Christian comics for whatever reasons and/or personal biases/prejudices(Crumb’s Genesis only received the, IMO criminally minimal, coverage it got because it was Crumb and comic journos were either aghast/amused at the idea of Crumb doing something about the bible or disappointed that it wasn’t satire and avoided the subject matter and impressive literalness completely) but this seems like an impressive endeavor and worthy of the coverage. I only ask because you seem to cover a lot of comics not on the radar of most comic news sites. Which is why I enjoy this site.

  • No, because I got a vibe from the press release that the publisher thought comics = superheroes = generic action art style. So this article is the coverage the book got here. :)

    I’ve looked at some of the Christian comic projects that have come my way in the past, but many of them aren’t very good, as though the positive intentions of the religious subject matter should make up for mediocre art and/or storytelling. Maybe I just haven’t seen whatever really good ones are out there.

    Thank you for the compliment. I’m glad you appreciate my attempts to widen the scope of items talked about here.

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