More than just fun and light reading, there are some things you might not know you could get from comic books and graphic novels. This form of publication can be a good start to introducing children to reading, but they can also be the choice of reading material for children even as they grow older. There is the first item on the list of what comics and comic books can bring to people: turn them into lifelong readers. Comics, comic books, and graphic novels afficionado show the same enthusiasm as other bibliophiles and passionate readers when it comes to waiting for the next issue of their favorites.
While noticeably quite shorter than most novels and other reading materials (especially the academics kind), comics, comic books, and graphic novels do not pose as inferior to other reading materials. They bring the same information, lessons, messages, and more in their contents. Political satires are also quite often presented through illustrations, drawings, caricatures, etc. And as the saying goes, “A picture paints a thousand words.” Comics, comic books, and graphic novels then paint more than just a thousand words with their visual presentation, the text accompanying them are additional information.
Comics, comic books, and graphic novels are a great alternative tool for learning especially for children and even adults with way of managing students with severe learning issues. They provide learners with difficulty with a way to express themselves emotionally and even artistically as well as entertainment.
Comics are useful for classroom learning and are also a fun activity for improving art. The comic book format provides a lot of information in a short time—plus entertainment. It is particularly effective for teaching content in subject areas (mathematics, science, social studies, etc.). There are many ways to use comics to teach students of all ages.
Comics and graphic novels have gained popularity in recent years with children of all ages, especially when some of the major comic books and graphic novels have been made into movies or TV series. We live in a visual society, and it should not come as a surprise that children should be attracted to the visual media. But there are still some parents and teachers who reject the medium as irrelevant or “fake book” or “junk.”
While these may not be quite evident, comics, comic books, and graphic novels do have positive effects to the readers. Because they are foremost visual and entertaining, many people will gravitate to them. They are even used for political satire and still not appear quite “offensive.” But all in all, there are, indeed, life lessons that can be taken from these visual publications. They are, after all, a reflection of the real society, only in illustrated format.