Reading comic books is something that everyone can enjoy, and people who enjoy it are no more known as ‘nerds’. However, there still exist a lot of people who have never read comic books or have not taken a liking to them. For a lot of people, comic books are not a serious form of literature and is considered to be for children only. Therefore, we have got five significant reasons why everyone should read comic books:
Comic books help people take a liking to read–
Several people, especially young reader, find it a challenge to read. The graphics and the visual format helps them to maintain their interest while also fostering a habit of reading. With the intense visuals and defined characters and plot, comic books are more relaxed and more engaging mediums than other literary media such as essays and novels. They also aid in the development of reading skills. They help people process information uniquely and also help learn information that may otherwise seem boring.
Comic books help in elevated thinking –
Any information that a reader receives through comic books is processed as different components such as textual, visual and spatial. The meaning from these components is then woven into a single story. This shows that comic books need more complex processing and is, therefore, beneficial to neurobiological development.
Stories are good for our brain –
We have been taught that reading more makes us a better reader. However, reading more has benefits beyond getting better at reading. Neuroscientific studies show that reading stories have an evident and positive effect on our brain. The study concluded that reading a compelling novel changes the subject’s neural activity not only while reading but also for several days after the subject finished the novel.
Comic books are more than just superhero stories –
There are many comic books that are not at all related to superheroes. Many authors have chosen the medium of graphic novel to voice out their opinions on different issues. Some of them are Scott Pilgrim series, The Sandman, The Walking Dead, Maus etc. These novels revolve around a variety of themes and explore an array of feelings and emotions.
They are a link to history and critical theory–
DC comics and Marvel have released thousands of comics featuring original characters such as the first appearances of Superman, Batman, Thor, Hulk, Captain America etc. There is a deep history and literary influences behind the formation of these characters. These characters arrived during the golden age of comics and are still a giant hit in the box-office and pop-culture today.