Comics Are Cool

Upon reading the blog assignment for this week, I was taken back to my purple beanbag chair, plopped down beside my bookshelf, with my nose buried in a Betty and Veronica  comic. It brought back memories from my childhood home, sitting at the kitchen table in front of a bowl of lucky charms and the Sunday funnies. Initially, when I think of a person who reads comic books I think of a super-nerd. I never realized that I myself have read more comics than most people. I’ve decided comic book readers are not the super-nerds, but rather the cool guys. It’s the people that read normal books, with lots of words and picture-less pages that are the super-nerds.

The medium of comics is something I find really neat in that it involves more than one cognitive function to engage the reader and create a new, separate world for them to delve into. Not all comics are fiction comics and I think non-fiction comics providea unique learning experience for people who are more visual learners. In McCloudsUnderstanding Comics, I feel like it was much easier to learn the material than if I were to have read it out of a textbook. It allowed concepts to be demonstrated rather than just explained. While doing my research, I came across a comic book calledThe Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA. Although this is not the comic book I chose to research further as a book I might someday want to read, I realized it could have been extremely helpful in my Integrative Biology class last semester. It may also be helpful, and a more fun way to learn for any of you guys that decide to take genetics.

The comic book I chose to research further that I would be interested in reading one day is called A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge. This comic book is retelling and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. I found this book to be extremely interesting because the author, Josh Neufeld, re-tells the story through handful of individual, real-life New Orleans residents who experienced the traumatic event. He gets us emotionally attached to the people and their stories. I also think this would be an interesting comic book to read because when an events like Hurricane Katrina happen in an area that isn’t near where you reside, it becomes somewhat distant as the only thing we see are news articles and broadcasts about some place hours and hours away. This comic book helps the reader to experience what the victims of the disaster experienced first hand and makes it more real. By seeing the struggles these people went through, along with their shock, pain, emptiness, loss and so on, we as readers are able to empathize with the subjects. I think it’s too easy for people to distance themselves from disastrous events that happen to others and this helps to put emotion into the fact that many people lost their lives and should receive as much support from as many people as possible.

The comic book we read in class, Y: The Last Man was a page-turner. I finished it almost as soon as I picked it up, or so it seemed. I think it was enjoyable for a wide-range if people because it included romance, comedy, violence and politics all wrapped up into one story. I also thought the unusual scenario of every Y-chromosome being wiped out was an interesting route to take and one that I had yet to have heard of. I thought it was interesting how there were multiple story lines taking place that all pieced together as the story went on. I have to admit I was a bit confused about the way it ended, because there were men on the spaceship! However, I guess this is how comics keep people hooked. I’m left wondering what happened to Beth, and even more, why all of the other men dropped dead.  I guess I’ll just have to read the next issue to find out!

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