Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Comics Are Books

I have been reading comics for as long as I can remember.  My mom was an enabler (love you mom).  She loved the written word in all its forms, and passed on that love.  To me, a comic IS a book.

Just because a comic relies on imagery to convey a character's emotions, or to flesh out the world they live in, does not make it any less valid.  Just as a book with poor description can leave you feeling disconnected from the characters and pondering what their surroundings looked like, so can a comic.

Really, comics are just books, but in a different format.

Maybe that's why when I run into people who I don't know well but are avid readers, I more often than not am taken aback when they dismiss comics as "not a book".

This has happened to me quite a number of times, especially when I meet people who are in book clubs.

Thanks to the successful movies/shows Marvel, DC, and AMC have released over the past years, people who otherwise would probably have never picked up a comic are beginning to do so.  And I am glad.  I'm glad because nothing makes me more happy than to hear people say that they were surprised to discover that comics can be just as intense as, well, as a book.

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