And by “epistolary novel” I mean it’s modern equivalent: chat logs, analyses of security cameras, email... forms move with the times.
@anthracite I know there was a web 1.0 type House of Leaves-ish thing a while ago, with blogs and LiveJournals and such.
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@MCX This is a good question! I don't THINK it does; I feel like it being *derived* from chatlogs puts it in a different category than, say, Homestuck, which is *told* in no small part through chatlogs.
I am not entirely sure "an epistolary graphic novel" is a thing that can be achieved; the raw essence of an epistolary story, to me, is that it is told by presenting the reader with documents that purport to be Actual Communications Between The Characters. Jerkcity is pretty open about the fact that it's "shit some people said in IRC, sent through Microsoft Comics Chat".
(Also consider: Nick Bantock's "Griffin and Sabine" books, which presents its story as a series of postcards between the two titular characters. It's certainly some kind of "graphic novel", and while it TECHNICALLY fits Scott McCloud's definition of "comics" as "words and pictures, juxtaposed in sequence", it sure doesn't FEEL like "comics".)
(Also I think there is an inherent problem with calling a whole bunch of daily comics a "novel". If Jerkcity is a novel, then so is "Garfield Sits Around The House" and I really feel uncomfortable with calling that a "novel" of any kind.)