Has itcrossed you mind why comic books or graphic novels were considered dumb? Whysuch avid readers were called nerds, derogatorily, yet were considerablysmarter than you? Think back to how geeky their speech was and how they touchedon such complexities even for a simple book! Shortly, reasoning will tell whycomic books are the best.
Over the years, from the 20th to 21stcentury, research and documentation has been stacking up to prove that comicbooks make their readers smarter. Comics make you want to read, and they usecomplex language which progresses verbal intelligence. Like steroids for themind, comics can take struggling readers and make them stronger!Comicslike there general format—books—have been crazed with obstruction and ridicule.In the 1950s, they were slandered as base entertainment for children andimmature adults which would turn readers into hoodlums and degenerates—forworst—communists.Andwhile that has all changed and comics have risen to become the string sectionin the symphony of our culture, with even whole franchises and their expansionspraised as high art and for their exerting storytelling and expulsion ofvisions and complex concepts (especially sci-fi and mystery thrillers). Yet,ages ago they were obnoxiously colored and if they were so enjoyable for peopleto dedicate their childhoods, to endure such stereotyping that pinned such anegative view on comic books then they mustn’t be good at all for children toread, right? However, research provided and credited to literacyprofessors at California State University, Northridge by Anne E. Cunningham, aprofessor of cognition and Human Development in the Graduate School ofEducation at the University of California as a psychologist and Keith E.
Stanovich Emeritus,Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University ofToronto, who discovered numeral fascinating benefits from implementing comicbooks or graphic novels into a person’s hand or curriculum, such as linking thereading of comics to greater literacy skills (Perret).Comic books are not only a greatadvantage for kids with learning disabilities, but for students who struggle tounderstand intricate text in literature. Children afflicted with autism canlearn a lot about identifying emotions through the images in a graphic novel.Additionally, for children with dyslexia, while it might be very frustratingfor them to finish a page of a traditional book, they often feel a sense ofaccomplishment when they complete a page in a comic book. Many schools with aspecial needs programs to regular core classes have used or are currentlyhaving this medium inducted into their classrooms as a way to help students.Accomplishment is important to child as much as it is making their parentsproud. It’s a huge self-esteem booster and leads to kids naturally wanting toread more which eventually contributed to comics becoming another forum forpolitical and social activist However, when kids have low self-esteem, theyaren’t strong readers and that can discourage them from wanting to read. Butthese type of books are a great way to promote literacy.
Naturally,administrators do not want to give ESL or ELA students picture books. Kidswould reject that and call it embarrassing because that is how comic books wereso generally perceived. However, a comic book at a lower reading level mightgive kids the reading confidence they need while boosting their reading andlanguage skills. This is true even among a higher level of education orcorporal business as explained in a graphic presentation of an empiricalexamination of the graphic novel approach to communicate business concepts byauthors; Aaron McKenny, assistant professor of management