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Posted by: Shola Akinnuso on September 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Do you want to know my favorite thing about comics? Sure, reading them scores pretty high on my list, and so did collecting them for a while, but I have few joys that are as fulfilling as the act of giving them away. The only problem with being charitable, is that sometimes you want to gift comics that do more than the fight-fight.

I remember hearing that, once upon a time, comics were actually educational tools. Fancy that.

The good folks at Comic Book Literacy have put together a documentary about comics being used for just such a purpose.

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3 Responses to "Comics Ain’t Just Capes, Kid…Behold! Comics For Literacy!"

1 | Ernie Estrella

September 25th, 2009 at 12:55 am


I’ve always believed there should have been a PSA that runs on the networks much like the literacy campaigns that used to feature athletes and actors promoting reading.

If they had one with Samuel Jackson, Rosario Dawson, Seth Green and any other celebs who actually reads comics to speak well of them.

The John Elway literacy PSA has always stuck with me. Just don’t understand why Marvel & DC, hell all of the industry as a whole doesn’t try to do something like this for self preservation.

This doc is great if it’s sent out to every book store, comic store, grade school and library to run on a loop.

I don’t think it works if the only people watching it is the people who know comics are good for literacy, or know who the featured artists are.

2 | Shola Akinnuso

September 27th, 2009 at 8:43 pm


sending this out to every grade school *is* a great idea. Even giving this out as an entry-level prize in those scholastic book-a-thons wouldn’t be such a bad move. Penetration and awareness is key. Bone was a success because of the school system, I think…

3 | Todd Kent

October 1st, 2009 at 4:55 pm


I agree. One of our goals with the film is to change some of the negative preconceptions that people have regarding the comic book medium. Hopefully we can get it in front of as many non-comics readers as possible and change their minds.

Thanks for the plug, by the way.

Todd Kent
The Comic Book Literacy Documentary