Comics with elaborate stories, adventures, and characters are have not only found their way into mainstream media and pop culture but have made some massive and have hardly anyone hasn’t heard of a comic book character.
For a long time, comic books got a pretty bad reputation. They were the sneaky distraction that schoolchildren disguised inside the pages of ‘real books’. People saw them as a simplified version of reading, which couldn’t offer the same complexity or developmental benefits as ‘serious books’ could.
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But now, parents and educators are beginning to see the hidden benefits of the humble comic book or graphic novel. Professor Carol Tilley from the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois says, “A lot of the criticism of comics and comic books come from people who think that kids are just looking at the pictures and not putting them together with the words. Some kids, yes. But you could easily make some of the same criticisms of picture books – that kids are just looking at pictures and not at the words.”
Comic books and graphic novels are the different mediums of storytelling. They not only spark creativity but aid the imagination, improve grasp on the language it is presented in and maybe even compel people to get better at drawing.
So here are five reasons to start reading comic books.
5 Reasons To Start Reading Comics
Here are the 5 most exciting reasons why you should start reading comics.
#1. Fictional Characters Have Real-Life Problems
The characters might live in a fictional world and have powers or unique abilities, but the problems they face are something we all go through. Some characters are gods amongst humans, but they go through an identity crisis, questioning the morality of their actions, becoming better, empathy self-discovery, to name a few central plots of such comics. And seeing someone going through the same problem as you makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world. Other people have similar problems, too and console the reader that everything will get better eventually.
#2. Found Across The World
Comics have been a popular source of entertainment in the US and Britain but in other countries too, the US and Britain and like Japanese manga. Comic book characters have followed generations from the end of the second world war to the present day. The Sandman, The Walking Dead, and Scott Pilgrim started as comic books before being adapted for our screens. One of the best reasons for reading comics.
The visual nature of graphic novels allows you, as the reader, to experience these themes in different ways than you do when reading a traditional book. In India, Amar Chitra Katha has, and the comic series focuses on different genres, including epics and mythology, fables and humour and visionaries, among others. Tales of Bravehearts succeeding at war and boxed collections, Amar Chitra Katha has it all. Comic books and graphic novels are spread across many genres, including comedy, drama, sci‑fi, and fantasy. There is bound to be something to suit all tastes, ages, and reading levels.
#3. Topical Content- Must Reason For Reading Comics
Since comic book releases are faster than other fictionalised reading material, comics incorporate their stories with current events. Back in the ’70s, both Amazing Spider-Man and Green Lantern/Green Arrow tackled drug addiction problems the problems of drug addiction, with the former ditching the Comics Code logo to tell its story, whilst the latter revealed that Green Arrow’s sidekick had become an addict.
Comics are not afraid to voice their opinions on racism, homophobia, sexism, gender inequality and fascism. The half-Black, half Hispanic version of Spider-Man named Miles Morales has become as beloved as the original, even getting to be the lead star of last year’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Comics have also not shied away from depicting LGBTQAI+ relationships in the texts compared to other entertainment mediums.
#4. Promotes Reading
Similar to other mediums, comic books and graphic novels promote reading and processing different genres of storytelling. Readers of comic books must process all the different visual, spatial, and textual components of what they are reading and integrate them into one solid understanding of the story. With their intense visuals and focus on plot and characters, comic books can be much more engaging than other literary media, such as novels or short stories for our young readers who are just beginning to read.
This means that even though comic books may appeal to readers for the same reason these individuals are drawn to other forms of entertainment, such as television and video games, reading these books involves much more complex processing. Comic books don’t intimidate struggling readers with an overwhelming page of text. They usually offer short and easy-to-read sentences alongside other visual and text cues. They can be read online or offline, just like any other reading material. Websites like comixology provide a wide variety of comics and graphic novels. They are also cheaper per story compared to traditional novels.
#5. Backstories Of Your Favourite Characters
Most of us have seen the adaptations of our beloved characters in movies and cable tv but reading the source material has its charm. The integrated storyline of the character and why they do what they do is elaborately mentioned in the comics. Thus fans who can’t get enough of these characters on screen are so engrossed in the origin stories and alternate realities it’s like a never-ending source of material of your beloved series. Reading comic books not only gives us the background of all of our favourite characters, but it can also help us view the films in a new light with all of our brand new knowledge.
There are so many reasons to start reading comic books. Cultivating the habit of reading is a beautiful and soulful way to spend leisure time. You may enjoy and love reading but don’t have the time and an engaging, fascinating book at hand to start. Comic books are favourite of all time, whatever is the reader’s age from eight to eighty. It’s not just looking at pictures. Comic books can help us and our minds in ways that we never imagined while getting to try out a whole new genre of reading.