As a kid, I was always a fan of Spider-Man. Of course, that was before college when I figured out that I would much rather have a Batmobile rather than Spidey senses (sorry Marvel fans). I was also an avid reader until I realized again that I was too cool to read about Greek demigods and their battles with mythological creatures. The idea of starting a new book struck me as daunting and kept me from revisiting this hobby until recently when I discovered another way to get back to reading.
If you are like me, you might think that you will never be interested in comics. I understand. It may seem like an extreme alternative, but it can be effective in getting you proofread. If you’re used to reading novels, don’t worry, there are some similarities between the two though. Much like novels, the intention of a comic book is to entertain a particular type of reader. In fact, since they are shorter, they can actually be longer engaging than a novel.
Reading a comic is not as much of a commitment as reading a novel. While an average novel is around 400 pages, an average comic is only 32 pages. This is why it is much more difficult to put down a comic after you start reading it. You will very rarely see someone stick a bookmark inside a comic to continue reading later. They don’t demand such a high attention span from the reader. I recently bought a comic and found myself on the last page within thirty minutes of reading it. Plus, the goal remains the same by providing information that you can interact with. Surprisingly, the first comics were published to draw customers to the Sunday newspaper.
You will find that there are qualities unique to comics that can make you truly appreciate the art of reading. First, the concise narration of a good comic allows for faster reading without sacrificing a lot of information. The space for dialogue is limited compared to a novel, allowing for more creative visuals. A good story is complemented by illustrations, which are fundamental to the visual aspect of the reading.
The visuals are for the most part the most engaging part of a comic, which highlights the work of some of the world’s greatest artists. Finally, the anticipation of the next installment is not as bad as the numbers are usually printed on a monthly basis. This means that instead of waiting years for the next book in a series to be released, you will only have to wait 30 days for the next issue. Not to mention that there is a day celebrated around the world for promoting comics and buying from local comic shops.
It is undeniable that reading takes time. Everything takes time. It’s what we do with our time that makes it valuable, and the reading is worth the investment. Don’t be afraid to start with a comic book, children’s book, or even that article you’re reading. Regardless of the format, reading will always be our greatest ability and our best mentor.
Featured Illustration By Miranda Thomas