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Is there Space for a ‘World Comic Book Day’?
March 3, 2017 By Jon Somers
World book day has come and gone and its uptake is brilliant for getting young children to read, but could there be a place for comic books?
Let’s consider that comics are not a form of literature to simply be allowed or counted, but instead cultivated, promoted and encouraged, especially among young people.
A recent study published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics suggests that the comic form may be superior to plain text as an educational tool. Conducted by the department of psychology, sociology and politics at Sheffield Hallam University, it tested the memory of 90 adults using comics and plain text as competing methods to teach undergraduate-level biopsychology. Subjects who learned material in comic form were found to have significantly higher memory scores, tentatively affirming the “dual coding theory” – a model proposing that presentation of material in both visual and verbal formats would improve memory and comprehension.
In an increasingly difficult world, a medium that can bend and break all the universe’s limits and rules serves as a much needed balm in some cases, and a push for justice in others.
Anything that encourages a child to pick up a piece of text and want to read has to be applauded, maybe comic books have a place in this celebration.