Thursday, May 08, 2014

Comics: A Once-Missed Opportunity

"...During the 1940s and 1950s, comics were the most popular form of reading for young people in the United States, despite widespread disapproval for the medium by librarians and other guardians of reading tastes. Beyond simply reading comics, young people also used comics as a basis for developing participatory cultures. For instance, adolescents published fanzines and entered into political discourse about comics. This paper highlights some of these early examples of participatory cultures around comics to urge today’s librarians to reflect on what media and technology-based practices we may be neglecting to nurture among contemporary adolescents…"

More from ALA, By Carol L. Tilley, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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