Речь в защиту комиксов

Speech in defense of comics

Many people, I know, are wary of comics. At first, I also tensed up, but then I tensed up again and remembered how in my childhood I accidentally got some comic book about Donald Duck, and how I stuck to it for a long time. It was in the early 90s, and these adventures of a duck without pants, but in a sailor's hat were, of course, very fresh and avant-garde. I really enjoyed reading short phrases over and over again and looking at pictures, constantly discovering new details. There were no more comics in my childhood, and the next time I met them was already in adulthood. “Fi! Entertainment for children. You need to read normal books,” I thought, not holding a single comic book in my hands.

But then - hmm, hmm? - It turned out that many films were based on comics ... How is it that a whole film for adults with a multimillion-dollar budget and huge fees based on some kind of pictures for children? Breaking templates. Reputable publishing houses produce chic books with intriguing titles and hardcovers, but inside is a "graphic novel" ?! Another cognitive dissonance. Then my husband began to draw comics for the company he worked for at the time, and I sometimes came up with plots for them, but I still thought that this low genre had nothing to do with me.

In the end, secretly from everyone, I decided to read Pasternak, whom I condemned. "Pasternak" turned out to be strangely attractive, although I did not even admit it to myself. And so my child grew up, and comics began to appear in our house. It turned out that they can be used, firstly, to teach reading, and secondly, to compose stories from pictures, which in our childhood was a full-fledged homework for the entire elementary school, which is not so easy to handle. It developed speech, observation, the ability to analyze - what a useful task! And the child, yes, also quickly imbued and can look at the pictures for a long time, noticing the slightest features. And then, with a strange vision of a bygone era (oh, Pasternak again!) I got up "Funny Pictures" and "The Adventures of Murzilka." Wow! And there were more comics in my childhood than I thought! Well, children love comics, okay, and we, it turns out, also grew up on them, so be it. Everything is clear with children. Well, why do adults read them? Maybe because comics cater to the needs of both visuals and digital? Well, just like posts on social networks: everyone loves beautiful pictures with good text under them, right? ;) The same after all comics just from one frame. Or maybe it's just not necessary to compare comics with "normal books"? The comics are drawn by good artists, and their work deserves to be looked at, and a small amount of text leaves room for the imagination.

By the way, don't worry about a comic book that costs the same as a full-length novel, but it's a one-night stand. Yes, the child will probably read it in one sitting, but if he likes it, he will return to it again and again, precisely because reading will not take much time, unlike voluminous works, most of which we reread in the best case a couple of times in life.


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