Are Comic Books ‘Real’ Books?
From Eisner’s warning that “Comics as a reading form was always assumed to be a threat to literacy” (Eisner, 1985/2002, p. 3) seems at odds with the popularity of comic books, comic book stores, and online comic websites.
Comic books are an engaging component in a literacy book collection (Yarmi, Lestari, & Yufiarti, 2019). Not only can they provide reading opportunities, comic books form a writing and creating opportunities too (Griffiths, 2019).
That’s the research angle, but what is your perspective? Do comic books rise to the status of “Real Books’? To answer this question, let’s consider a wise perspective from Young Sheldon:
What would you choose for your superhero name?
Mine would be the Notorious RPB = “ReadsPastBedtime”
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Eighty-fourth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education (pp 23-36). Chicago: The University of Chicago
Eisner, E. (2002). The arts and the creation of the mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Griffiths, R. (2019). Young people express their feelings through creating and publishing comics. Children and Young People
Now, 2019(2), 58-58.
Yarmi, G., Lestari, I., & Yufiarti, Y. (2019, January). Building Culture of Literacy through Child Fun Library. In International
Conference on Islamic Education (ICoIE 2018). Atlantis Press.