Chute and Dekoven describe comic books as a new transition between film and script, combining the best of both worlds to enhance a reader’s grasp on the meaning of the work. They talk about the media forms outstanding work and the progress the form of entertainment has undergone.
But is this true? Personally I feel the social stigma for this form of literature has killed it before it could be taken seriously. When you first hear the mention of a comic what comes to mind? I don’t mean to offend anyone who reads comics but for me, it is the image of an overweight and rather pale boy wearing large rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, and high-rise socks. This may be following the status quo, however I can’t help but think I’m right when one of the quotes used in bullet fifteen, and one of the only fan commentary on comics, comes from guttergeek.com.
Comics provide a new way to connect with the text by infusing pictures to emphasize the main ideas, and also giving a quicker way to determine what exactly is the idea. I am very lazy; if I want a visual to go with the text I’m reading I will ditch the book entirely and just watch the movie that accompanies it. Perhaps I am alone in this laziness, but I don’t think I am.
There are benefits to visual representations of things as there are with written versions. Visual media can spark certain emotions throughout an entire nation in ways text cannot, the example used in the essay was the images of war and death. However, text can often give more depth to emotions than a picture. You can portray a feeling on a screen, but not in the same way words can. Comics have the potential to become a powerful form of entertainment with its blending of portraying emotion and eliciting emotion, but I don’t think it will be possible until it loses its nerdy stigma.