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Comics Are Not Just For Kids Anymore


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Comics Are Not Just For Kids Anymore

  1. 1. Comics Are Not Just For Kids AnymoreComics can do what no other medium can; the mixture of words and art inside a sequentialformat tell a story and evoke feelings that other formats, in their attempt to conjure the samefeelings, would have failed miserably. That isnt to say comic characters cannot be in goodfilms. They are able to. However, the emotion and feeling from reading Grant Morrison’sArkham Asylum could not be duplicated around the big screen.Comic books possess a storied location in the history of human publishing and powerful rootsin American culture. In numerous ways, they are the apple pie and Fourth of July versions ofAmerican literature, full of iconic imagery, action, drama and, occasionally, even MOMA-worthy artistry. Comic books have increasingly turn out to be a car for serious socialcommentary and, specifically, for revolutionary religious thought. Practitioners of eachtraditional religions and new religious movements have begun to employ comics as amissionary tool, whilst humanists and religious progressives use comics distinctive fusion oftext and image to criticize traditional theologies and to offer alternatives.The factor that makes comic books their own distinct type of language (or "literacy" as Eisnerputs it) is their unique structure. In standard language, each discrete unit of meaning(morpheme: eg it) is produced up of phonemes (sounds eg i and “t”). In comic books almosteach line and element is self sufficient and essential and every image and sub-image (justlike the shaking fists) represent morphemes or independent meaningful units. That is whywhen reading a comic one doesnt only “read” the words but he reads the subunits that makeup the story.Regarding the difference in the artistic quality between the images of graphic novels andcomic books, there are many comic books becoming published today with incredible artwork.You will find also many graphic novels which use simplified or expressionistic styles toconvey the story. Watchmen uses a realistic depiction of superheroes to convey the themesfrom the story, dispensing with thought balloons and captions. Dave Gibbons, the illustratorof Watchmen, wrote and drew numerous superhero comic book stories, occasionally incollaboration with Alan Moore.Numerous educators have reported great achievement once they have integrated graphicnovels into their curriculum, especially within the locations of English, science, social studies,and art. Teachers are discovering that graphic novels-just like traditional forms of literature-can be useful tools for assisting students critically examine elements of history, science,literature, and art. Great factor about graphic novels are their ability to bring within the visualaspect of a narrative concurrent with the literature. So you can envision, taking a super-solidtext like Sun Tzus Art of War and interlacing these themes into a corporatist future incollapse and what you finish up with is a dope freaking graphic novel.Comic books have increasingly become a car for serious social commentary and,
  2. 2. particularly, for innovative religious thought. Practitioners of each traditional religions andnew religious movements have begun to employ comics as a missionary tool, whilehumanists and religious progressives use comics unique fusion of text and image to criticizetraditional theologies and to provide options. Addressing the growing fervor with which thepublic has come to view comics as an art form and Americans fraught but passionatepartnership with religion, Graven Pictures explores with genuine insight the roles of religion incomic books and graphic novels.Mainstream Culture Has Finally Found Comic Books!, Comic Books Adds Fuel To Feed ThePop Culture Fantasy Factory, Its Time For You To Have A Second Look At Comics AndGraphic Novels As Literature