Do comics count as books?

Ryan Madden and Michael Bach

Comic books have been an alternate form of reading for years and people have been debating if comics are good for the brain.

According to, “According to studies, humans are 60,000 times faster at processing visual information than text. … It’s also why reading comics could not only improve their reading comprehension but their social and interpersonal communication as well.” 

 We interviewed the West school librarian, Mrs. Davies about how she feels about comic books, “I think reading comic books is a great way to expand your reading abilities and they definitely should be okay for primetime”. Interesting opinion from a “book expert”.

According to Dr. Laura Jiménez of Boston University, graphic novels are important “because of the possibility that a different medium might provide an entry point for struggling readers, challenge gifted readers, and help more students learn.” 

Of course, there is no doubt that, in some sense, graphic novels and literature are equally capable of inviting the reader to contemplate complex ideas. But the portrayal of content is only part of a work’s literary value. For example, a book, a movie, and a graphic novel can all tell the same story.

With their intense visuals and focus on plot and characters, comic books can be much more engaging than other literary media, such as novels or short stories. Comic books may also help people develop the reading skills required to comprehend texts with higher levels of difficulty.

Graphic novels are a good choice for struggling readers. They have less text than traditional books, which makes them less overwhelming. Graphic novels are easy to read but have age-appropriate content.

We hope this chanced your opinion on if comics are considered eligible to read during primetime. We would like to thank you for reading and tell us your opinion in the comments.