Steve Hamaker just e-mailed me this article in the Christian Science Monitor about kids and Graphic Novels at the San Diego Comic-Con International. It has quotes from Scott McCloud and mentions Bone. I took notice of the comment that some teachers won’t assign graphic novels in reading class because they aren’t challenging enough. I’ve heard this before. I’d like to see those teachers get through a copy of From Hell. But as far as kids are concerned, it’s a false argument. You have to read the pictures, not just look at them. A comics reader can’t be lazy; he or she has to connect the images from any two given set of panels and make assertions about the content. And then move on to the next set of panels and build forward on the accruing information until a completed, moving narrative appears. Fortunately, most teachers do understand that comics aren’t reading “light”, and see the underlying art for what it is. A form of literature similar to, but separate from prose. My experiences with teachers in the last two years has been overwhelmingly positive and the majority of viewpoints expressed in this article agree.