The comics I read are recommendations from friends who are “in the know,” so I’ve actually never read one that I didn’t like. I have by no means read “a lot” of comics, but I’ve read a few and talked about more. I’m regularly surrounded by people who grew up living in their comic books and they are always more than happy to regal me with Deadpool’s latest mishap and the comic they can’t believe I haven’t read yet. Usually, it’s loaned to me that very day so as to alleviate the injustice of me not having read it.
I recently received two of the “Classics Illustrated Novels” that I ordered on Ebay: Hamlet and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I haven’t read them yet but they are already formulating questions for me:
- How do these illustrated novels compare to comics?
- Do the illustrated classics create a window of opportunity for children to understand classics at an earlier age and, as a result, make the literature more accessible when the reader is older and confronted with these works in school?
- There are classic novels still being turned into comic book format. Are these as valuable as the ones created in the 1950’s and 60’s?
- Could illustrated classics be used in elementary classrooms, or perhaps middle and high school classes where the students have reading comprehension difficulties?
I’m not certain whether or not our research will lead down this path, but I know I will come away from this knowing much more about graphic literature than I ever thought I would.