Comical and satirical picture stories have existed for several centuries already. However, by the middle of the XX century, stories lost their initial humorous nature. Various genres of comics emerge, graphic novels are now published as books and receive prestigious literary awards. It is obvious that comics, compassing literary and artistic principles, is becoming an independent kind of art.
Why is there still the opinion that comics are not art, but just some entertainment for teenagers? What do comics and literature have in common? How has the industry of comics changed, and what future awaits it?