wow...a whole host of french publishers are going to boycott angouleme this coming year after they so royally screwed people over: http://www.comicsbeat.com/french-publishers-announce-boycott-...
The article mentions comics (graphic novels) as "the Ninth Art." I wondered what the other eight are. I found this: "The Ninth Art. That's how continental Europe sees comics. If you ask me, it should be the Eighth Art after drawing, painting, sculpture, music, literature, the performing arts and printmaking because it preceded cinema by several hundred, if not thousands, of years. But the tyranny of celluloid has bucked it in the pecking order (and printing, to proclaim itself the Seventh Art), even though sequential art, as its known to the elite, dates back to cave paintings, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Parthenon and even the Sistine Chapel." http://www.awn.com/animationworld/ninth-art-graphic-novels-eu... ‎- bentley
It fells like it's only latterly that they've drawn (har.) the distinction between sequential art, and the format it's produced with (painting, drawing, etc,) which makes it feel later than it really is. It feel like, more important than the ordering, is the acknowledgement that it is, by itself, a form of art that is as complex and varied as the rest. ‎- Jennifer D.
Something else I read said the Ninth Art term started being used in the 1960's. http://www.francetoday.com/articles/2011/06/07/the_ninth_art.... ‎- bentley