asily the biggest development in contemporary fiction has been the Manga revolution, or the rise of the graphic novel, which, in Dave Eggers's words, has become literary fiction's 'mutant sister'. We at The Observer are rather proud of our coverage of this vivid, chatty and pictorial genre.
Ah, does anyone do smug and patronising like the Observer? First of all, no one calls the rise of the graphic novel "tha manga revolution" because the likes of the Hernandez Brothers, Alison Bechdel, Alan Moore, Daniel Clowes and the other writers who are increasingly receiving mainstream attention are not manga. And why on earth did they describe the genre as "chatty"? Because it's got voice bubbles? Because it's the same medium as the Beano and therefore must be lighthearted and jolly? Ugh. Idiots.