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  • lafrancememanque

    Totally... as a librarian at an art school, I see the impact first hand. Our curriculum is much more visually based and therefore we use a lot of different types of media and formats of conveying information. Students information consumption through mediums/formats that they identify with are being used much more often. which is why this is important since many of our illustrators, animators, game designer, etc. already read comic books and graphic novels. I give this a big thumbs up. Yeah for teaching to different learning styles and multiple intelligences.

  • Jessica DeJesus

    It's interesting how lessons often take the form of metaphors — fairytales, parables, myths, etc. All highly visual whether in the plots or directly in the printed artwork. Superhero abolitionists... I mean, who wouldn't remember a history lesson if it was taught that way!

  • Jamie Nash

    I've had a great experience with graphic novel/ comic book textbooks. One of my professors assigned The Cartoon Guide to Genetics by Larry Gonick and The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology by Masaharu Takemura, and I found myself suddenly able to absorb information about biology. Now, this class was genetics for non-majors (I'm a journalism major), so it was pretty basic, but I learned more from these books and from the class in general than I ever had from a biology class in the past. I find I'm still (a year later) able to remember details and even some specific graphics from the books. The weirdest part is that I wasn't into comics or graphic novels growing up. I've never actually read a comic, aside from the strips in the Sunday paper. When my professor assigned those books I felt offended, like she thought we were still in middle school or something. But now, I take back every protesting thought I had about them. For those who have a hard time getting interested in a topic, no matter what age or skill level, try reading in comic form. I know for a fact the Manga Guide books exist for many different subjects, at least within the sciences.