Comic books exist now for several decades. And it’s not just the kids, but adults also enjoy reading comics. But the craze for comics is not the same anymore as it used to be in the 90s. The word ‘nerd’ reflects the image of a skinny, teenage boy with braces and a coke bottle. Well, it was once a famous brand of a social outcast who is intelligent, smart, and did well in the science class; never had a word with girls, and is always fond of reading comic books everyday. Many people don’t take comic books seriously as they take other books as beneficial. I am fond of reading comic books.
Learn to love reading
It is a struggling effort for many adults and youngsters to improve their reading skills where comic books are an additional benefit with graphic format focusing on the characters that engage the readers to develop the skills to comprehend the texts. Reading history or educational information may be boring otherwise.
Research studies reveal that comic books helps the reader to create variability in the visual, spatial. and textual contexts integrating these to one solid interpretation of a story which may be appealing and involving. But there needs to be far more to this genre than just getting an idea of the story from simply looking at the pictures. Some individuals may be drawn to other forms of entertainment such as television or video games where reading such books may be a complex process.
A good brain booster
Without a doubt, reading is good. I would agree to say that the more reading you do, the better a reader you become. But if one isn’t interested to be a reader, then there is not much incentive. Neuroscientists see a noticeable effect on the functions of the brain of the individuals with a change in neuron activity while they read a compelling novel. The story books may change the ways in which our brains may change the way we think and thus allow our brain to function- so what’s more a story based medium than a comic book.
Aren’t these cool?
Ninja, Batman, Superman, Chacha Chowdhary, Iron man, Spider-Man, Batgirl, Mr Beans, Ben-10, Captain America, Wolverine, The Hulk, Tenali Raman, The Panchatantra, Akbar-Birbal, Mowgli, Garfield and many more. You’ve probably seen most of their movies. You know why? Because the characters are super cool and these comic figures originate from comic books. There is no reason to not enjoy these stories with varied culture around the comic books. So why not join the fun in reading these?
More than just stories
Many children or adults may not be into superheroes. That’s agreeable. But there are lot of graphic and novel books to read like The Sandman, Nancy Drew, Persepolis and many more. One should explore the weighty themes and visualise the nature of the graphics that allows the reader to experience the reading without limiting to a regular prose. Find out what is right for you.
Jashan Jot Kaur is a researcher at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
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