4. Why Read Comics?

1. You are reading and people don’t read enough.

2. Storytelling is a good way to learn because it involves the imagination.  That’s why so much of civilization has been conveyed through stories: Old Testament myths, New Testament parables, the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, Aesop’s fables

3. It can be a very good way to learn history and politics in a short but condensed period of time. There are sophisticated graphic novels about Japanese fanaticism in WWII, genocide in the Balkans in the 1980s and 1990s, the Iranian Revolution that transformed the Middle East, the Invasion of Iraq.

4. It is a good way to learn moral and political philosophy and demonstrate its relevance.

5. At the same time, it is entertaining and relaxing.

6. Artistry: an artisitic genre

7 . It is the newest literary genre. Some offer modern mythologies.

8. It is a way to make an easily understood political statement not otherwise easily understood.

9. Insight into political education.

10. Genre has advantage of giving you insight into character more smoothly than in other genres

11. Genre can multiple meanings more easily or quickly than books or movies.

© Hank Edmondson 2012