..The interplay of words and pictures has a way of engaging many aspects of the human mind at once, and can create a powerful experience of interacting with emotions and ideas. Unlike movies, however, the reader can go at [their] own pace. [They] can be more involved and active in the experience. In one image or composition, the reader can linger over the potential significance of small details without having the sense that the narrative flow has been disrupted.

No matter how much time you spend inside one panel, you never feel like the story has stopped or altered tempo. Not the way you would if you pressed “pause” while watching a video…it’s ideal for students and teachers. It has the vividness of the moving image and the complexity of text.”


Jonathan Hennessey on the relationship between text and image in the comic book genre.

Read more: Teaching Content with Comics

Excited to announce Comics in the Classroom, our new blog series with Reading with Pictures that investigates the educational benefits to bringing comics and graphic novels into the classroom. 

Check in with our blog throughout August to read articles including

  • Comic Books and the Common Core
  • 5 Ways to Start Teaching with Comic Books
  • Teaching Content with Comic Books

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