Parents Should Reconsider Comics As Reading Material
As a parent and English/Language Arts teacher, I am often questioned by people about the need for children to read extensively and what is “good” reading material MyReadingManga
. The definition of good reading material is obviously very subjective; Shakespeare is good, but so are limericks. They just serve different purposes. But for those parents who scoff at comic books as reading material, I say, think again.
First some definitions, specifically what is a comic, a graphic novel, and a Manga. A comic is a format to deliver a medium, in our case a story. A graphic novel is just a longer comic. However, parents often get concerned when they hear graphic novel, mistakenly thinking it has something to do with graphic as in inappropriate adult material. Graphic in our case merely means art. Graphic novels are not a genre in themselves. There are graphic fiction, graphic nonfiction, graphic mysteries, you get the idea. Finally, Manga is a Japanese term for their comic medium and can be quite fun for children because it reads from right to left. Kids often love this because they can easily adjust to the format but their parents generally struggle to read them.
Teachers have advised parents of struggling readers to find a comic their child likes and help them read for years, but the truth is, comics, graphic novels and Manga are great reading resources for readers of all levels.
For most readers, comics are fun. Pictures, action, colors, it’s all there and exciting. For most students the requirement to read outside of their English/Language Arts classroom is onerous, but reading comics is not.
Comics are no different from other pieces of literature in terms of story elements. They contain literary devices just like other narratives do, characters and conflicts, resolutions, setting, symbols, theme, point of view, narrative devices. It’s all in there
Did someone say the pictures give everything away? Darned right they do, and they provide context clues that have to be gleaned from the words in other works. The struggling reader gets a little boost from being able to interpret pictures to help them understand, and the advanced reader gets to increase their involvement in the story with the combination of written word and pictures.
On the other hand, comics ask readers to infer a lot because they only provide the dialogue and the pictures. Information about character motivation, narrator biases and the like must be inferred.
There are graphic novels in all genres and kids of every age are sure to find something that interests them. Best of all, kids who love to read comics may develop a love of writing them, and writing is writing, another important academic skill. Graphic novels hold a completely unique position inside the comic book market these days. They’re just thought to be more constant and financially beneficial than a monthly comic book series. Ordinary comics are replaced every few months, and offer fewer profits. That makes for a more attractive deal to small and large booksellers alike.
In the course of the years, comics had been produced the same way; the stories were being fastidiously drawn in pencil, hand lettered, afterward inked and at last dispatched out for a special hand color separation procedure. The end product seemed economical but serviceable for the narrative.
Shortly around the eighties as well as nineties, color processing grew to be less expensive and new procedures ended up being put to qualify for the job of constructing these colorful stories more beautiful and lively. Lately artists utilize Photoshop, and other graphics programs to improve the pace with quality of the material.
It can be fair to mention that even with the very best artwork imaginable, the story continues to be what makes readers come back to search out further titles and read further adventures of a character or keep an eye on line of books. That’s because the material is still internalized as it is read in sequence. Great stories insist on the reader to invest emotionally in the material whatever the genre.
Graphic novels usually present a complete account in much the same way as a typical novel would. This puts greater demand on the story and its characters since there is no series long build up. The bulk of U. S. graphic novels give attention to super heroes but Asian and European publications have a much more wide-ranging choice of genre from office situations to golf. These pocket sized graphic novels have generated decade’s long storylines and characters.