Fanboys vindicated: studies indicate comics “just as good” as books

If your geeky kid won’t come up out of the basement and stop reading comic books, it may not be such a bad thing. (Unless your kid is thirty-five and jobless.)

A new study indicates that comic books may not be far behind standard reading material in regards to impact of vocabulary and future inclination toward reading books. In fact, University of Illinois researcher Professor Carol Tilley described comics as “just as sophisticated” as other reading materials and indicated that children benefited “at least as much” from comics as they do from regular books:

“A lot of the criticism of comics and comic books come from people who think that kids are just looking at the pictures and not putting them together with the words.

“Some kids, yes. But you could easily make some of the same criticisms of picture books – that kids are just looking at pictures, and not at the words.”

Tilley also said:

“Any book can be good and any book can be bad, to some extent. It’s up to the reader’s personality and intellect. As a whole, comics are just another medium, another genre.