Comic Books Vs Novel


When I think about reading a comic book, I will go my way to go against reading comic books, because I don’t quite understand comic books. You can tell that comic books are getting popular throughout the years. When I was little I would plan on getting up and go get the Saturday paper and have my mom read the comic to me, but when I got older I really couldn’t understand how to read them correctly. Until when we had to read McCloud comic about how to learn how to read comic really help me better understand how to read comic book and help me get ready to read Persepolis.

Well today I was reading Persepolis and I could actually understand what they were talking about. I loved how the autobiography was used throughout the comic book, and it made you get a look into the life of the author. The author uses a lot of pathos for example on page 6 she says on one panel “I really didn’t know what to think about the veil, deep down I was very religious but as a family we were very modern and avant-garde.” By her saying that she using that showing that her family was not that very religious, but everywhere around her there was religion. I am so glad that I got to read this book, because it opens my eyes and it showed me different sides of the author life.  It was easier for me to read after having reading it a second and understanding what the meaning was.

The only part that I still had problems with was that with how someone could understand the Iranian Revolution by reading a comic book. I still think someone should go read a novel book to better understand what they are talking about instead of reading of a comic book. I still could understand some parts, but I still couldn’t get the whole picture of the revolution. By reading a novel a person could understand what is going on and could go back in many other books and figure out different things



3 thoughts on “Comic Books Vs Novel

  1. @KathrynFuller, I agree with you somewhat , I too read the morning comics but I was able to understand them , but I was about 10 years old when the interest came around to look at the paper. My family never really introduced them to me that I can remember. I did enjoy them but that was my extent with comics until now. I agree with you, the book was very good and when I first realized that we were going to read a comic book, so to speak I was a little stressed out. I was really afraid that I would not be able to read it correctly, and yes, with our lesson on how to read comics it turned a light bulb on in my head and I was able to read it without much problem. I also agree with you on that the revolution was explained, but maybe it was you and me that just felt it was not emphasized enough to get a full grasp of what it is about. In conclusion to your response I think you were right in your feelings and opinions of our read.

  2. I really enjoyed this reading as well; I too liked the fact that she mentioned small details about her life. I love the fact that she put in the part about her parents buying her the denim jacket, Nike shoes, and the Michael Jackson button. Those are things I wore growing up. I also loved the graphic pictures she used in the comic example being when the movie theater caught on fire, the people that were inside she made them appear to look like they were on fire. I thought that was really cool for the simple fact if you’re reading this book you may start to lose interest because it’s so long but that’s when you can take a break and just focus on the images. In my mind the images continued telling me about the story. That just shows you have well the graphic were. However I would say there were a few part in the comic I got confused on. One being when she appeared to be talking to god couldn’t understand who was asking what question, and also some parts of the war that was going on and the revolution. I felt it was a little too jumpy when it came to explaining those events.

  3. I would agree that Persepolis is only partly about the Iranian Revolution. You could instead see it as a view of the Iranian Revolution through the filter of personal experience, from the eyes of someone who was growing up in it. It becomes a sort of incidental history lesson because of the way the history of the country intertwines with Marjane Satrapi’s own personal history.

    The opposite issue applies to learning about the Iranian Revolution through a purely analytical book. Even though it provides a deeper and more comprehensive look at the overall events, causes a loss of impact on the reader. While it is one thing to read about revolutionaries being imprisoned and riots in the streets, it is a quite different, a raw emotional experience, to actually see the events unfolding through visual interpretation. Persepolis allows us as readers to vicariously experience the perspective of a child growing up in that environment, a view rarely taken in a more academic overview of events. But from this simpler, more honest perception, simple truths can be found amidst the complex layers of politics and religion.

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