Stergios Botzakis conducted research on why teachers should use comic books in the classroom. One participant stated that in his cultural anthropology studies, comic books would definitely be a part of his academic reading. The participant was a fan of Japanese manga, and he wanted to know more about Japan and help other people learn more about Japan. Another participant was asked what he got out of reading comic books, and his answer was happiness. He felt involved in the stories and was an avid collector. The next participant claimed they were his escape. He suffered from severe depression and reading the comics that he grew up loving helped through a hard time in his life. When a piece of literature affects someone like it has with the participants of this study, why should comics not be used in the classroom? When people are interested in the material in school they do better, and what better way to get people interested than to use comics (Botzakis)? Conclusion When the nation was at war or in a time of need superheroes appeared to give the readers hope and a positive outlook. Comic books have also aided in helping children understand major events in our nation’s history. Some comics have become quite the collectors’ items, sometimes selling for thousands of dollars. Teachers all across the country are pushing to have comics used in the classroom to make it easier for students to
Wilson 7 learn about some of the material. Comic books are a truly American art form, and they will continue to rise in popularity. The American comic book does more than just tell tales about superheroes; it also gives the reader a look into how the American culture has progressed over the years. It also gives some people, like me, an escape from reality. I was not the most popular person growing up, and comic books helped me not feel so alone. Characters like Peter Parker, who was a kid in high school that got picked on just like me, gave me someone to relate to. It helped me overcome a lot of my social fears, and helped mold me into the person I am today. Instead of shunning comic books because they are “nerdy,” society should embrace this art form and realize how much they have impacted people both in the past and present.
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