Since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, illustrations, and subsequently comics, have been used as an educational and communications tools, so comics are not a new medium through which to learn. Furthermore, there is a growing academic literature to support this dating back to the 1940s.
Check out some of our collated research which supports our Why Comics? Education Charity.
Abbott, L.L., 1986. Comic art: Characteristics and potentialities of a narrative medium. Journal of Popular Culture, 19(4), p.155.
Alvermann, D.E. and Hagood, M.C., 2000. Critical media literacy: Research, theory, and practice in “New Times”. The Journal of educational research, 93(3), pp.193-205.
Angelotti, Michael, 2007. “Graphic Lit.” World Literature Today, Vol. 81, No. 5 (Sep. – Oct., 2007), p. 4.
Atkins, M., 2013. Cruising the Village: A Visual Ethnography of Public Sex between Men in Manchester City Centre, Ph.D. University of Manchester.
Burmark, L., 2008. Visual Literacy: What You Get is What You See, in Frey, N. and Fisher, D. eds., Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and more to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Butcher, K.T. and Manning, M.L., 2004. Bringing graphic novels into a school’s curriculum. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 78(2), pp.67-72.
Chun, Christian W., 2009. “Critical Literacies and Graphic Novels for English-Language Learners: Teaching Maus,” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Oct., 2009), pp. 144-153.
Chute, Hillary and DeKoven, Marianne, 2006. “Introduction: Graphic Narrative.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies, Volume 52 number 4,Winter pp. 767-782.
Clifford, J. and Marcus, G.E., 1986. Writing culture: the poetics and politics of ethnography: a School of American Research advanced seminar. Univ of California Press.
Clifford, J., 1988. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth Century Ethnography, Literature and Art, Harvard University Press.
Galchinsky, M., 2012. Framing a rights ethos: artistic media and the dream of a culture without borders. Media, Mobilization, and Human Rights, Zed Books, New York, pp.67-95.
Hammond, Heidi Kay, 2009. “Graphic Novels and Multimodal Literacy: A Reader Response Study” PhD University of Minnesota February.
Jamaludin, Z., 2015. ‘DIGITAL GRAPHIC NOVELS: TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED NARRATIVE FOR LEARNING.’ Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computing and Informatics, ICOCI 2015. 11-12 August. Istanbul, Turkey. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281319333_DIGITAL_GRAPHIC_NOVELS_TECHNOLOGY_ENHANCED_NARRATIVE_FOR_LEARNING (Accessed March 3, 2016).
Keen, Suzanne, 2011. “Fast Track to Narrative Empathy: Anthropomorphism and Dehumanization in Graphic Narratives.” SubStance, Volume 40, Number 1, (Issue 124), pp. 135-155.
Schwarz, G.E., 2002. Graphic novels for multiple literacies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 46 (3), pp.262-265.
Schwarz, Gretchen E., 2002. “Graphic Novels for Multiple Literacies.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Nov., 2002), pp. 262-265.
Schwarz, Gretchen E., 2006. “Expanding Literacies through Graphic Novels.” The English Journal, Vol. 95, No. 6 (Jul., 2006), pp. 58-64.
Shipwright, S., Mallory, D., Demacio, P., and Atack, L., 2010. ‘An Online Graphic Novel: Students’ Experiences and Research Literacy Gains.’ MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. 6(3): 573-584. http://jolt.merlot.org/vol6no3/atack_0910.pdf (Accessed March 3, 2016).
Taussig, M., 2011. Drawings in Fieldwork Notebooks, Namely My Own. University of Chicago Press.
Wolk, D., 2007. Reading comics: How graphic novels work and what they mean. Boston: Da Capo Press.