Malice (2009) was the first hybrid graphic novel I read, though I've seen more than one other since.
By "hybrid graphic novel," I mean a book that contains passages of both traditional, unillustrated text, as well as graphic passages, with captioned panels of images.
I doubt that Chris Wooding was the first to write a novel in this fashion. Who wrote the first hybrid graphic novel?
This interests me because so many like to consider comics and prose literature to be two entirely different things (and, sadly, often assign value to "real literature" only). Hybrid graphic novels, to my mind, are a kind of literary Third Stream. And for me, personally, Malice was a bridge of sorts into the world of comics (and away from the aforementioned literary snobbery).
So I'd like to know who came up with the idea, and also try to read the first of these hybrids, to get better acquainted with these kinds of books.