In his 1993 book Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud gives his
definition of the word "comics":
comics (kom'iks) n. plural in form, used with a singular
verb. Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence,
intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response
in the viewer. (p. 9)
Throughout this document, the word "comics" will be used
as a singular noun, in adherence to McCloud's definition.
The educational potential of comics has yet to be fully realized. While
other media such as film, theater, and music have found their place
within the American educational establishment, comics has not. To determine
the reasons behind this oversight, I will review the history of comics
in education from 1933, the birth year of the modern comic book, to
the present. Afterwards, I will discuss the many strengths of comics
as an educational tool that emerge from the literature.
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