10 Reasons Why Comic Books Are Better Than Films (From Herald Scotland)



OK Comics is the independent Comic Anime Book Shop in Leeds, and the winner of multiple Independent Retailer, Customer Service and Retail Legend awards. I think it is more useful to dissolve the boundary between fiction and fact: comic books exist in the world, and therefore the stories told in them are real and can inspire all sorts of political effects. There are efforts to engage with issues like climate change in comic books, but they often founder for the same reasons they fail to gain purchase elsewhere. This can then open into a wider discussion about whether the comic were right to portry certain nationalities in a certain way. At least one of my kids has one in hand daily, and they’ve learned so much from them.

Because of these thorough cinematic universes, the heroes in comic books have never been more recognizable to the general public. There are only three comic books that have ever sold for over $1 million (the other two of which we’ll get to soon). Even in the worst possible condition, AF15‘s lowest sale price is right around $4000. This one’s the record-breaker, holding the title for the most lucrative sale of any comic book. His first comic book though actually was a propaganda piece, releasing right in the thick of 1941, where the Captain spends 45 pages beating up Nazis.

Lisa, 40, from Ilkley, struggled with dyslexia at school and set up the not-for-profit festival in the hope it would raise awareness of how powerful comic books can be for children struggling with reading and learning difficulties. This is a type of cookie which is collected by Adobe Flash media player (it is also called a Local Shared Object) – a piece of software you may already have on your electronic device to help you watch online videos and listen to podcasts.

On the other hand, you can put down a comic book that you are reading, and go on holiday for a week. When you return, the comic is right there, exactly in the same place – patiently waiting on you to turn the next page. It follows on from the above that reading a comic book is a more active process than watching a film. For most people it still feels better to have a physical book in your hands than to read the same story online.

So as big comics-based movies feel increasingly indebted to their source material and/or parent companies, Marvel and other studios shouldn’t forget how idiosyncratic those sources can be. The formal stylizations of many comic books aren’t just noticeable but often personal, based on the whims of their writers and artists; the same should be true of their film equivalents, especially when adding elements, like music, that the source materials can’t realistically provide.

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