Comics have been around since the very beginning of mankind. Ok, so that’s not entirely true, I suppose, but believe it or not, it’s not too far from it. Cave drawings have been discovered of scenes of terrific hunts, battles or everyday life. Even way back then, people used sequential art (pictures arranged in order of earliest action to latest) to tell stories or to record something important. Today’s comic strips may not be written on cave walls, but they still serve essentially the same purpose: put simply, to communicate. But what is it comics are trying to communicate? Well, that is up to you, the reader, to decide. Comics are a combination of words and art used to tell a story. Sometimes that story is a one or two line joke, other times it is a full 255 page novel, a graphic novel. Comics and graphic novels come in all styles and genres, from DC and Marvel superheroes, to comic strips like Garfield and Peanuts, to dramatic works of fiction and translations of classic storytellers like that one guy…what’s his name? Oh yeah, William Shakespeare. And if your mom says reading comics is bad for your brain just tell her this: reading a comic book or graphic novel actually uses two parts of your brain! One part is for reading and interpreting the pictures, the other part is for reading and interpreting the words and you have to do both at the same time! So it’s twice as much work! And it’s fun!
Try not to have a good time . . . This is supposed to be educational.
Peanuts Lucy Van Pelt