Do you think Comic Books and comic strips count as reading material?

This is open for debate. But honestly I believe children and adults can benefit as much from reading a Deadpool Comic, Archie Digest , or Peanuts comic strip as they can a novel or a book. Which I'm not saying books are bad but I think comics can help with reafing skills as well
Do you think Comic Books and comic strips count as reading material?
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  • Absolutely. In fact, reading comics can definitely help develop reading comprehension, since they are a marriage of word and pictures... but also, comics are an art form in their own right. Yeah, a lot of people think that comics are only good for superheroes and colourful kiddie stuff, but really you can tell any kind of story with a comic that you could with a book or a movie.

    If you haven't already read it, I strongly recommend Scott McClouds brilliant comic-about-comics, "Understanding Comics," where he talks about comics, their history and development, common storytelling techniques, and just all the possibilities of comics. It's an enlightening and entertaining read.

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  • Eh... im a bit off on this question. When it comes to comics, it is but not to the extent as some Manga. Im a heavy light novel reader which some mangas are based on. Comics on the other hand feel rushed due to some details being forced. Some comics get away with very light narrative and focus on action without painting a greater story than what is seen. Others do it in a way that brings tears to your eyes. Simply put... Maybe.

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    • I second this. There are some great comics out there, but manga and light novels typically handle the mature themes much more deftly.

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    • @ryancg Yea... I remember laughing when I heard Speedy was a drug addict instead of feeling something. Though Punisher and The Cap in civil war was endearing.

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What Girls Said 14

  • As a starting step comics can be a great way to engage kids in reading. It tends to have simpler vocabulary, artfully drawn and colourful characters to keep them interested etc. They work the same way as novel in that they have a narrative so kids can learn how a story works (e. g. the structure of beginning, climax and resolution) and with the pictures alongside it gives them a visual aid to help them with words they may not have encountered before or struggle with.

    For example cupboard is a simple word to adults but for a kid learning to spell and read that's a huge word, give them the picture and the foundational knowledge that Mommy and Daddy have called it a cupboard in real life and it can help them make sense of the letters with some phonics work and aid of the teacher that that's how cupboard is looks when it's written.

    Novels will still be needed in formal education to further stretch vocabulary, syntax and all the other language skills further down the line but that doesn't mean they should replace comics, comic strips or picture books entirely, especially not if that is something you enjoy reading. A story is a story regardless of format.

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  • I think it counts, I mean you are reading a story even if it has pictures and not proper sentence structure. Personally comic books and graphic novels really helped me learn to read. So yes, I think they count

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  • I would consider them as a middle thing between reading and watching something but I always prefered "real" books over comics.

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  • I think they count. If they have any kind of writing, even a little I think it counts.

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  • I think they count because they still have dialogue. Especially for people who have a harder time reading.

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  • They have dialogue so yes it counts

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  • yep it does.

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  • Yes I think so...

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  • Of course, why wouldn’t they?

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  • Yes they count

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  • Of course

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  • I used to love reading comic books.

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  • Yes..

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  • Not particularly because of the picture content

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What Guys Said 25

  • A lot of the most creative and artistic people I've met read comics either as a child or still continue to do so. They seem to be more thoughtful and self aware. Not generalizing that if you read comics you're guaranteed to fit that criteria. Just a pattern I noticed. Comic book readers seemingly tend to be inclined in a wider variety of arts, and more informed in general.

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  • Sure it is reading maybe not heavy reading but reading it is
    There is nothing wrong with reading comics unless that is all a person reads
    As the text is accompanied by visuals it does constrain your own visualization and interpretation in a way pure text does not
    So it can be an addendum to but not replacement for regular books

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  • Yes they count however the words from an entire graphic novel would only be the first chapter of a book. They also tend to not stretch or increase your vocabulary as much. Then there's the fact that even good fictional books tend to donate lot of research and tie there stories to reality, science and true history. However a larger % of the graphic novels are unresearched. Do not use accurate science, history, or locational data.

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  • It depends on the comic book as to whether you'll actually gain anything from it. Comics are meant to be more entertaining rather than educational, but there are a fair number of comics that do both. Lots of great comics out there that deal with some pretty weighty stuff and it's typically easier to digest. For example, the very well-known "Demon in a Bottle" Iron Man story tackles Tony Stark's alcoholism.

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  • I think novels force you to engage your brain and think more. Comics feel a lot more like watching than reading.
    I think there is merit from experiencing stories of any medium, but they are most certainly different experiences. Like the difference between looking at a painting or watching a film - they both require you to look at visuals to experience them, but they are completely different experiences

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  • Reading material, sure.
    On the same level as a novel or a book, no.

    Novels and books use more technical aspects of language and leave more room for interpretation, where as comics have small bubbles that give us all the information.
    That being said, I'd rather read a comic than a 300 page novel/book.

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  • For kids, yes comics are great to help them learn how to read and visualize their literature.

    Any child before the age of 12 should be taught to enjoy learning, not exactly learn the material. Comics are a great way to teach kids to enjoy reading.

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  • Yes but they can't be counted as a substitute, people I know that ONLY read comics have been much less intelligent than people who read books

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  • They are definitely a reading material. It's just like a book with pictures to remove the description of the scene which helps to visualise the scenario more accurately.

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  • Damn straight they do. Marvel is very good at tying in real life topics into their comics.

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  • Comics are reading no matter what, I had an English teacher who said as long it brings you joy it's something you should read

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  • To some extent yes however nowhere near as effective as or some sort of factual article in science or nature.

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  • Comics consist of everything a regular story has. Just illustrated.

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  • By definition, sure. However, all written words are not created equal

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  • In the sense that having a side salad with your big Mac your eating healthy.

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  • There a lot of romantic novels that are useless. And a lot of comics with more impact or a message. But both media are not intrinsically good or bad.

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  • I doubt most would agree. If comics are reading material then hentai manga are erotic novels not porn.

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  • It's more for entertainment it's not educational purposes

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  • They count, but it feels funny to say that you're reading deadpool or some anime

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  • They can count as long as there are written words and are not 100% drawings. Reading is reading

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