All right, I know you're just having me on, but here's the thing about the term "graphic novelist". It's has nothing to do with comics not being a genre (although you're correct to point out that they aren't). It's that we already have a perfect word for somebody who writes with pictures: cartoonist (a word many people misunderstand to mean "animator," but that's not my problem). Furthermore, the word "novelist" is problematic, in that it's limiting. Two Generals, despite being called a "graphic novel" is in fact not a novel of any sort: it's non-fiction. Also, not all comics are graphic novels...many of us, myself included, still do shorter works in the more traditional monthly format. Do I have to change job titles when I do so? "Cartoonist" describes what I do precisely, while not limiting what I do with needless grandiosity. And it has a nice history to it, to boot. Your obvious attempt to raise my hackles aside, thanks for the love. ;)
Ok, ok, cartoonist! But it still makes me think of Bugs Bunny--a fine art form in its own right but...if you prefer cartoonist so be it. Glad to hear you appreciated the love. See you next week when you speak at TEDxWaterloo. P.S. Sorry I had trouble putting links to your website up earlier but they are there now.