Comics are not just for 10 -year-old boys

Seriously, they aren’t.

Comics are a wondrous sort of light reading, and I much appreciate their existence. Comics are fun and engaging. Having pictures there doesn’t make them childish; it only adds to the experience. Why are pictures associated with children? What’s wrong with picture books for young people and adults? The only thing that makes them children’s books is the wording. The sentences are pure and simple, often only one per page. That’s what makes them “childish” — the cute little stories that teach morals and fail to interest older people. Pictures are a great visual with any-age reading.

And in comics, they’re perfect. A good artist and a good author make an excellent comic. Pairs of talented people can bring an idea and story to life. More like a movie than a normal book, you’re able to see what the creators want you to. You’re able to envision the characters and scenes just as they are. With the added visual artistry, the story is easier to imagine.

Even though comics are easier and quicker to read (less words on a page), the stories are no less intricate. Characters still change; the plot still moves; twists and turns can be found around the corner… Why do you think some popular novels are turned into graphic novels? And then there’s manga, notorious for their complicated and intricately woven story-lines. Comics have their own charm. While they host a different experience than other types of reading, they are no less enjoyable (unless of course you just pick up a poorly executed one, which is just unfortunate then and inevitable).

I’ve been reading comics for quite some time. Of course, I started with daily funnies and Archies. (And to anyone out there who says those aren’t real comics, shush! They most definitely are. They might not be long and full of plots, but they are most definitely fun!) As a kid, I loved the Sunday newspaper for the insert full of colorful comics. I looked for it weekly and was so disappointed if my dad didn’t buy the paper. And then my mother introduced me to Archie.. I loved them. During the spring, starting from my tween years, I’d earn $5 mowing the grass, and I’d always ask to go to the bookstore to purchase an Archie’s double digest. The whimsical tales of Riverdale High could be silly, but they were always a source of entertainment that brought a smile to my lips or laughter to my face. So I moved along with those for awhile, reading back through my collection of digests now and again. And then the few graphic novels like Rapunzel’s Revenge and of course the wonderful classics of Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin! How I loved following Tintin and his dog Snowy around the world as he solved mysteries.

And then last year, my friend re-introduced me to superhero comics. I’ve always been a fan of superheroes and had read some of the original The Amazing Spiderman issues, so I was eager to jump in. The action packed graphic novels thrill. The art is amazing and the story-lines intriguing. Of course, I liked some comics more than others. Some dragged a little more and some the art was kinda lame, but most of them were entertaining and fun. And at no point did I feel like they were written just for boys as a few of my friends liked to tease me about. Girls are perfectly capable of reading and enjoying comic books. Just as we can enjoy a well-written book, our minds can also enjoy a well-executed comic. Of course comics aren’t for everyone. I can’t except you all to like everything I do. Do you know there’s some folks out there who can’t even stand glitter?!?! But the demographic of comic lovers isn’t limited to children and definitely not just boys.

Try them out. It can’t hurt you. It won’t take up much of your time to read a comic, and trust me, once you do, you’ll want to pick up another.There’s so many comics out there for whatever you’re interested in. Some are more light-hearted while others are dark. You can find silly stories in such things as Archie comics, serious drama in manga, action with the superheroes — if you have a favorite superhero, that’s a good place to start. You’ll see so many variations of your hero and you’ll find the author and illustrator that capture her or him perfectly. Go! Pick up a comic, open the front cover, and begin your visual adventure!

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