Reading comic books allow readers to process information a little differently than other forms of media like novels. The illustrations can help readers to comprehend information that would otherwise be hard to digest, like educational information including history.
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Those who read comic books are sometimes scrutinized for being nerds, but the truth is that this is nothing to be ashamed of. Comics encompass both fact and fiction to share stories of extraordinary heroes as well as true events that are easy to digest, even for those who may be struggling to read or comprehend certain types of material.
When an individual reads a compelling story in their comic book, their neuron activity will change while they are reading as well as for a few days after the reading has finished. Even when incorporating historical information, comic books are great stories that pull the reader in, thanks to their illustrations.
A study done by Cunningham and Stanovich uncovered that the language used in comic book often times exceeds that of oral communication of college graduates. The idea that comic books are only for those who have a lower reading level is completely false, and conversely, comic books can actually help those who do have a lower reading level to practice with material that will actually interest them.
Comic book readers are made to create meaning from the text using “multiple modalities”. This means that all of the components of a comic book are integrated in order to form one solid understanding of the story. The text, space, and images all make up these modalities that the reader will incorporate. Comic books require a more complex neurological process. Critics will say that comic books are as simple as picture books, but they are much more than that.
It’s no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics.
It’s important to have a deep willingness to read and grow in the process. Approach reading as a fun, enjoyable and transformational activity that ultimately impacts your life.
With this kind of mindset, you’ll become intentional about the books you read by picking out those areas in your life that need improvement and plan towards growing to the next level by reading the right books that target those problem areas.
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