Some people might open up a comic and see a cluttered mess of pictures and words. Why can’t it be orderly and sensible like reading a book? With comics, it seems like all rules go out the window, but really they’re just playing by their own set, opening up a world of new storytelling possibilities. We reached out to educational consultant (and the curriculum developer behind our teaching guides) Tracy Edmunds, who already broke down the building blocks of comics in Reading with Pictures. That page (available for download here) has been reproduced below:HowToReadAComicAMPversion
These are the basics, but the whole beauty of such a dynamic medium is that nothing is set in stone. Comics have always been a medium for innovation and creativity, fueled by the amazing new ideas of each generation. Who knows? The next great comics creator could be in your classroom, library, or home now, flipping through a graphic novel and dreaming up their own.
That’s a wrap for our Comics 101 series, but not for the AMP | Kids Blog. Stay tuned for more resources, news, sneak peeks, and more!