«Graphic novel» is a vague moniker that gets applied to any extended form of comics, including non-fiction and short story collections. Here are the All TIME top ten graphic novels, in alphabetical order by title.

Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly; 2000)

Blankets by Craig Thompson (Top Shelf; 2003)

Bone by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books; 2004)

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch (Pantheon; 2002)

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller (DC Comics; 1986)

David Boring by Daniel Clowes (Pantheon; 2000)

Ed the Happy Clown by Chester Brown (Vortex; 1989)

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (Pantheon; 2000)

Palomar: by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books; 2003)

Watchmen written by Alan Moore / drawn by Dave Gibbons (DC Comics; 1986)