“If it weren’t for comics, well, I’d hate to think what my life would be like.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking, that’s kind of a ridiculous statement to make. But I know the benefits of reading comics. It doesn’t matter if you started as a kid, or have just gotten into it; the important thing is that you started.
I wish I would’ve gotten into reading comics when I was a little kid. Not only would it have saved me all the hassle of finding back issues, but it probably would’ve helped improve my reading skills in an enjoyable way.
I was always into comic based things: like cartoons, toys, and the movies. But the truth is, I didn’t read well in my youth. So, I didn’t read anything. Until the first Spider-Man movie came out, that is.
After the release of the movie I went to the mall, and there was a table set up in the middle of the mall for a new comic book store opening in my town. I stopped by and looked at what they had. After that, it was history. I became a regular at that shop for about 15 years now and have never looked back.
Once I got into comics, my reading skills improved tremendously. This is one of the main reasons why I always try to get my friend’s kids into comics. Not only does it help with reading, it’s great for building comprehension skills; with the average comic coming out once a month, you have to be able to retain all the learned information you’ve accumulated through the month.
What I really like about comics is you can find a huge variety with all different kinds of stories. You can pick from sci-fi to western and everything in between. If you’re looking for a romance zombie story set in the 1500s, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find it. The types of stories that can be told in this medium are absolutely endless.
And let’s not forget about the art. This is what really sets comics apart from the traditional prose style of storytelling. The mixture of telling a story through art and words is the most unique way to portray a story in my opinion.
There’s a good chance you’ve probably seen at least some of comic book movies that’ve come out during the past decade or so. And if you like those movies, there’s a pretty good chance you’d enjoy the comics they’re based upon.
If you want a good reason to read the comics over just watching the movies, imagine what it’d be like having so much more time to develop the characters and stories rather than cramming it all into a two hour movie. You get more room to breathe with the comic series. Everything is fleshed out and makes a lot more sense. And there are way less annoying plot holes.
So, if I haven’t made myself abundantly clear, you should at least give comics a shot. I understand that it might not end up being your thing, and that’s okay. But you should at least give it a try to see what you’re missing. What’s the worst that could happen? You find an amazing story with spectacular art that draws you in? Do yourself a favor and go to your local comic book store and give something a try. You never know what you might find.
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