ERIC Number: EJ705707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-1
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True Tales: From Bee Behavior to the Life of Buddha, Not All Comics Are Fiction
School Library Journal, v50 n8 pS14 Aug 2004
Although graphic novels are traditionally thought of as the domain of larger-than-life fantasies, for decades comics have also served as educational tools. One of the pioneers of American comic books, Will Eisner, worked for years creating instructional comics. Starting in 1941, the Classics Illustrated series introduced young readers to celebrated literary works by adapting them into comics form. Since then, a small but growing body of work has sought to both educate and entertain. Presenting historical realities from the Holocaust to the Iranian revolution and real figures from J. Robert Oppenheimer to Martin Luther King, Jr., graphic nonfiction is a unique medium for presenting history and biography in a vivid, immediate way. This article contains 20 currently available graphic nonfiction titles that span a wide range of subjects. Together they demonstrate comics' ability to concurrently educate and entertain readers on almost any subject imaginable.
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