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Comics And Boys

on July 27, 2010

A new report says comics may hold the key for literacy with boy readers.

As written in the SLJ article, “Boys are more likely to enjoy reading science and nonfiction, informational texts, how-to manuals, fantasy, adventure stories, and stories that are scary or gross, along with books about hobbies and things they do or want to do. They also tend to prefer visual media, such as the Internet, newspapers, and magazines that focus on sports, electronics and video games.”

If this is true, boys may also enjoy learning about the process of making comics. Here are a few good resources:

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Making Comics Story Telling Secrets of Comics, Magna, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning but Were Afraid to Draw by Christopher Hart

Draw 50 Famous Cartoon Characters by Lee J. Ames

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