- How can reading comic books enhance our thinking?
Readers of comic books must process all the different components—visual, spatial, and textual—of what they are reading and integrate these components into one solid understanding of the story. This means that, even though comic books may appeal to readers for the same reason these individuals are drawn to other forms of entertainment, such as television and video games, reading these books actually involves much more complex processing.
- Is it true that reading comics can help stimulate your brain?
Yes, this is quite true actually. A recent study was conducted, relating stories to brain activity. This study showed how reading a compelling novel changed participants’ neuron activity not only while they were reading but also for several days after they finished the novel that was assigned to them. Stories can actually change the ways in which our brains function and the ways in which we think.
- What benefit can my children get from reading comic books?
It’s actually a lot of fun. Also, allowing your child to read comic books gives them access to the kind of fun that’s better than just allowing them to play with their gadgets all day, every day.
- What is an example of a timeless comic book?
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman is one such work. Neil Gaiman is probably best known for this work. Generally considered to be the best comic book ever put out under the Vertigo imprint, Sandman incorporates elements of mythology, legend, and horror to create a unique story. Following Morpheus, the personification of dreams, Sandman spans not only the DC Universe, but other realms and concepts never before seen in the medium.
- Who is Osamu Tezuka?
The creator of Astro Boy, this Japanese legend has a style all of his own and counted Disney and Kubrick amongst his fervent fans. Dubbed ‘the father of anime’ and ‘the god of Manga’, he was light years ahead of the competition. He was the inventor of the ‘big eyes’ style of Japanese animation as well as Kimba The White Lion, a clear influence on The Lion King.
- How are graphic novels similar to books?
Third, like most books, graphic novels are often better than their movie counterparts. The rich possibilities in terms of expressions, of plot developments, of plot twists and surprise endings are simply endless when it comes to the graphic novel (as opposed to the movie which is almost always limited by its time requirement and its budget, perhaps).