Effects of Reading Comic Books

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Effects of Reading Comic Books on the Young Reader

A. Rise of the Comic Strip
B. The Comic Book Superheroes
C. The Philippine Comic Book Industry
A. Unique Characteristics
B. Parts of the Comic Book
C. Comic Book Genres
A. Negative Effects of Reading Comic Books
B. Positive Effects of Reading Comic Books

From the black and white caricatures of the olden days to the full colored version of today, the comic book has been one of the world’s greatest past times. There has been thousands of storylines and character has been created in the past years but only a few has captivated a vast number of readership. In any case, the comic book has been infused in the international popular culture. All over 21st century Asia, many cultures still praised the long-lasting effect of the comic book:

"For many people, reading comics is an indispensable part of life in Hong Kong." (From an article entitled "Comics craze has long and colourful history" in the South China Morning Post, April 2001)

"The reading of comic books... has always been one of Koreans' favorite pastimes..." (From the Korea Herald, March 2000).

The younger generation in Taiwan is "more accustomed to Hollywood movies, American and British rock stars and Japanese comic books than things Taiwanese" according to a news story about teahouses and Starbucks coffee shops. (From an AP story, April 2002).

"Comics in eastern Asia are more than just a form of popular entertainment. MANGA (in Japan), MAN-HUO (in China), and MANHWA (in Korea) is a part of the cultural life itself." (From the sampler book "Manhwa: The World of Korea Comics" distributed by the Korea Culture & Content Agency at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 2005).

"The Philippine Sports Commission is... launching [the] Batang Pinoy-Philippine National Youth Games 2000 [using] the IEC [information, education & communication] strategy. The IEC strategy includes the launching of Batang Pinoy Komiks [comics], an innovative... and illustrative reading material espousing the very ideals of Batang Pinoy." (From an article in the Manila Bulletin, April 2000)

"From Tin-Tin to Archie and Phantom to Flash Gordon, comics are a genre among themselves…Comics have provided the masses with entertainment in the days when television and computers were a figment of some genius's imagination. But they have stuck out for the long haul and a kid [in India] today is as well-versed with the comic-book universe as he was twenty years ago." (From an article entitled "Comics still rule the world" in The Times of India, June 2000)

Comics Quotes & Facts, Christian Comics International (2010) Retrieved from: http://www.christiancomicsinternational.org/quote_asia04.html Since its rise in the mainstream several decades ago, these comic books has elevated itself from something that is shunned at to something that is revered immensely as a body of creative work. Nowadays, the name of Marvel and DC has become commonplace and consistently taken a synonymous identity with top of the line comic books. It has created several characters and icons that has become a part of the consciousness of the common man. From invincible men from planets unknown to genetically mutated individuals, comic books have time and again provided individuals both young and old a world of fantasy and an outlet for escape from reality. However, comics are a controversial art form. Over a lengthy period of time comics have provoked debate. In the United States, comics have traditionally been considered a “lowbrow medium” (Varnum & Gibbons, 2001). “I think Hitler was a beginner compared to the comic-book industry,” wrote psychiatrist Frederic Wertham in his 1954 book, “Seduction of the Innocent,” which...
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