We all agree to with the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”. One might be able to look at an image and figure out exactly what that image is trying to portray. Graphic Narrative is a great example of this, I mean think about it how many times have you decided to read a book or magazine and before you start to read the chapter you skim though the pages and look at the images. One can definitely tell whether or not they will enjoy the book or magazine though just looking at the images. I found the article “Hillary Chute and Marianne DeKoven” to be very interesting for not only did it focus on why Graphic Narrative is important but it gave good examples to why others feel that’s it’s not as important. The reason to why Graphic Narrative is so important is because it “calls the reader’s attention visually and spatially to act, process and duration of interruption”. I find that to be very true because we are able to process a visual picture of what we are reading about.
Most people would be able to tell the difference between a comic book and a novel. Not that either of them is more superior to the other, they both unique in their own ways. Having growing up in a different country I didn’t know much about Comic books till I moved to the United States. I read them a lot all though high school but not as much now. The reason I loved comic books is because I was always able to visualize what I was reading about. That really helped me learn new English words considering the fact that English is not my first language. That’s why I honestly believe graphic Narrative should be used more in academic systems. The Maus book is probably another great example to why graphic Narrative should be used more in academic systems for it was based on something that we all know about and most of us learn about the Holocaust in history class. This book is also translated in twenty languages which I find amazing. Some people might argue that some images are just way too dramatic to be shown which I totally understand but I honestly feel like each time we see a horrifying image we as human beings are more motivated to do something about it. To be clear that does not occur to each and every single person for we are all different. Donald Rumsfeld stated that “Words don’t do it “You read it and it’s one thing. You see the photos and you cannot help but be outraged”. I have to agree with that statement seeing images definitely plays a huge role in the emotions we feel after or how we view the situation after. So therefore comic’s books should be used more in academic programs they help us have a better visual of the actual content we are reading.