“I’m dyslexic. I could have been one of those left behind, but Comic books pulled me out.” – novelist Jay Stringer
Thanks to Jay Stringer for a thoughtful piece about why comics can be empowering for dyslexic kids. He also provides an interesting insight into why comics are superior to film when learning to read.
Comics as a medium rely on clarity and context. They are pictures and words being used in small panels to tell a story. Essentially they are hieroglyphs. It’s a form of storytelling that is as old as written communication. The real art of telling a story in a comic is in giving the illusion of movement between the panels. Things happen, your eye moves from one image to the next and your brain builds a structure to carry the information. It’s the perfect medium for learning to read…
A film could tell the same story, but then the screen would be doing all the work. What happens here is that it’s you doing the work. Your brain picks up on the visual cues left by Ditko, and fills in the gaps. This is why I use it as an example for what dyslexics can gain from reading comics.
A comic book trains your brain. It works the right muscles and, if you’re struggling, they can teach you to read. You see images for context, you see the words that go with them, and your mind learns to fill in the blanks. You learn to build the narrative as you go.
As a child, I suddenly got it. I had a structure, a guide for processing the information I was taking in, and where to store it. I had a reason to keep moving through the pages.”
If you know someone who is a struggling reader, give them a comic. Give them the best comic in your collection. You might change their life.”
Read the full post HERE.