Science fiction writer Jack McDevitt, in his most recent blog post, waxed poetically about newspaper comic strips and comic books of his youth.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]How do we learn to read? The reality is that, at least for fiction, we need something we care about.[/perfectpullquote]
It certainly echoes my experience with reading and comics at an early age. When I was in grade school, I knew Fe was the chemical symbol for iron because of the Legion of Super Heroes and Ferro Lad. I knew what “invulnerable” meant because of Superman. I devoured my father’s silver age comic book collection and became a proficient reader at a much earlier age.
You want to get a young person to read? Give them an age appropriate comic with a character they already know from other mediums. Watch them tear through the book and want more.