#0: Reading and comic books. By AO creator of
Amigoman - The Latin Avenger
"I was not a big reader of comic books
growing up. I am a visual person, that's probably
why I painted so much when I was younger. And
I didn't start reading comic books much untilI
was in my late 20's to early 30's, sad to say.
I was a big fan of the inside art - my comic
books didn't have covers on them when i was
a kid so knowing many of the artists, writers
and illustrators of the book i didn't take note.
Our comic books were the hand-me-downs or left
overs no one wanted - but who cared? The art
work was awesome.
As a kid and I was really amazed at how they
made it look so real and how cool it looked
on the page. On top of that, the good guys always
prevailed and showed a huge amount of courage
- no matter what. But as I got older the reading
complimented the art and vice versa. A deeper
relationship for the story and the art as one
grew. I don't remember most of the artists and
writers - but I know what I like when I read
or see it. i guess that's what matters when
I put a book out - I am not concerned that someone
will know my name at all - my main concern,
I guess, is that they will like the art and
get the message in the words - and maybe laugh
at the comedy more than the flaws in the book."
#1: Reading Tips & Ideas for Teachers
Taken from: www.riordanfoundation.org in 2006
Books are also good for struggling readers because
theyre entertaining and combine pictures
with text as in a picture book, but dont
have the stigma of a traditional picture book
thats for young children. Comics can be
action comics like Superman, Batman, and X-Men,
serial comics like Mad Magazine, and also humor
comics, like Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes,
Peanuts, or Archie. Note that many comics involve
ongoing storylines, which are also engaging
over the longterm. So-called graphic novels
or Japanese animation storylines (animesuch
as Sailor Moon) are also part of this genre
and can appeal to kids."
#2: 10 Options for Reading Outside the Book
Taken from http://www.rif.org in 2006
#4 of 10 - Comic
Comic books and graphic novels are becoming
more and more popular. The illustrations and
often offbeat topics should keep kids interested.
|Article #3: Educating
by Leonard Rifas June 28, 2005
"Maryland's "Comic Book Initiative"—a
plan to introduce comics into schools to involve
reluctant readers and thereby improve their reading
skills—presents itself as a bold, experimental
program. Maryland authorities quoted in the Washington
Post last December inaccurately claimed that "nobody"
had looked at the value of comic books as reading
material before and "no studies" had
previously tried to measure the possible effects
of comic book reading on student achievement."
#4: Bookworm Benefits
Taken from a www.collegeanduniversity.net
article in 2006
"Q: How does reading even just a comic
book help me prepare for the SAT?
A: My experience is that avid readers do
very well on college admission tests, says
Mary Leonhardt, English teacher and author of
Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Dont.
It doesnt matter so much what they
read, as long as they read. And poor readers,
or kids who read only what they have to, dont
do well. Often, kids who are labeled poor testers
are really kids who just dont have a habit
"Decline" of Reading in America.
By: Stephen Krashen
"Decline" of Reading in America, Poverty
and Access to Books, and the use of Comics in
From the Article: "There
are also compelling case histories of children
who were reluctant readers until they discovered
comics. Haugaard, (1973, p. 85) writes that her
sons were "notoriously unmotivated to read
and had to be urged, coaxed, cajoled, threatened
and drilled in order even to stay in super slow
group in reading" until they discovered comics.""The
motivation these comics provided was absolutely
reading led to other reading."
#5: Comic Book Reading, Reading Enjoyment,
and Pleasure Reading Among Middle Class and Chapter
1 Middle School Students
from www.sdkrashen.com-comicbook.pdf in 2007