Art and Literature Combined


My initial reaction to the comic book was, “Comics are for kids and superheroes, not adults”!  However, I later discovered that comics have contemporized literature by offering a more vivid, edgy format for an author to tell a story by entwining art and literature in a two or three-dimensional form.  The comic book has proven to be successful when reaching several adult readers when the subject is controversial, because it provides an authorial perspective to be visual.  This comical view is livelier when an author writes about the controversial political issues, personal tragedies, and many other cultural dramas.  The serious matter presented creatively through art and words appears to have opened an arena for an author to be open while reflecting their own perspectives freely.  This newfound freedom has further provided an authorial voice to release their thoughts that derives from very dark experience utilizing the combination of art and words either in first or even third person.  Other readers with similar life experiences such as suicide, abuse, cancer, and so forth, can reflect upon the experience in lighter form of literature and this has proving to be healing.

There are three ways we learn visual, auditory, and kinesics.  Therefore, another advantage to the comic books is the authorial voice having the graphical capability to tell a story in history, or politics that is creative in form that would be typically boring. Teachers are finding comic books are a successive tool to use when teaching a student that is visual learners, that before struggled in school.  The comic book is able to be captivate a student so that they can flourish in learning, because the graphical narrative forms.

Comic books have changed the way authors are able to reach their audience, a new and exciting era that is a booming business in the literal world.


One thought on “Art and Literature Combined

  1. I had the same initial reaction when I found out we were going to be reading comic books in an English class! After reading the first comic I realized that there is so much more to a comic strip than superheros and onomatopoeias. I agree with you in saying that you can talk about some rough topics, subjects that may have otherwise been seen as dark. A comic in of itself lightens the mood because it does remind you of childhood and innocence. Comics give the author the ability to show the reader exactly what they want them to picture while reading the words. Comics have the ability to give the reader a much more story like depiction of what they are saying than a regular book would. I liked how you added in there are only three ways we learn and comics cover two of the three methods.

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