Words and Pictures

Originally posted on Posterous February 17th, 2010

Today I sent the following email to the head of the College Learning Resource Centre (Library);

Harvey Pekar, the author of American Splendor, said: “Comics are just words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures.”

According to an article in the science section of the Daily Telegraph, studys at the University of Illinois have shown that parents and teachers should not ‘look down’ on comics, as they are just as good books. The study claims that reading any work successfully, including comics, requires more then just absorbing text.  Professor Carol Tilley, from the department of library and information science, said there was evidence that increased vocabulary and instilled a love of reading. ‘A lof of the criticism of comics come from people who think kids are just looking at pictures and not the words.’

‘Many adults are quick to dismis the suitabilty of comics as texts… any book can be good or bad, to some extent… Comics are just another medium’.

‘If reading is to lead to any meanignful knowledge or comprehension, readers must approach a text with an understanding of the relevent social, linguistic and cultural conventions.’

‘If you really consider how the pictures and words work topgether… you can make the case that comics are just as comlex as any other kind of literature.’

The research was publish in the journal School Library Monthly.

Now understandably this research was aimed at students much younger then our own, however with our students isn’t combating fear, hate, ambivalence an important part of what we do?

Which is essentially a long winded way of saying; Can we order some Comics please?



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