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Understanding Comics in a Comic Book Nation?

Comic books have the ability to profoundly affect their readers. They can instill a sense of morality or a sense of justice. They can begin to unfold complex circumstances that teach each reader that life is not simple, but it is survivable. Most importantly, they can offer an escape- a reprieve from many of life's difficulties and challenges. Comics offer some companionship and others hope. They are more than just useless tales and scraps of papers; they are literature and they are art. Comics have more meaning in our lives than people ever stop to examine, which is why this class is so great. It offers a real examination on the importance of graphic media, an examination which is long overdue.

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