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Question about "Real Books"

I've had this discussion with a friend before. Do comic books count as "real books", like actual book reading? Can a person say I've been reading a book without needing to clarify that it's a comic book? Do you think reading comic books qualifies as actually reading a book?

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Comic books, seems the answer is right in the word. Obviously a highly visual medium, a bit like picture books, but not since the content is far different. I had read comics from a young age. The myth was that I taught myself to read on their fair prior to going to school. They certainly expanded my mind and while much of my childhood comics revolved around superheros, Batman and Spider-Man being primary, others were involved as well, like the Phantom Stranger which in its own way introduced me to Judeo-Christian concepts. The early seventies was an interesting time to be growing up. The world in the US was having a significant cultural shift after the 60s. Comics actually mirrored some of these changes. While it was a world of fantasy, there were elements of the real world in them, like the setting of many Marvel comics being New York City and all its various locations. So geography, history, sociology, politics, science, business, issues like alcoholism in Iron Man, responsibility in Spider-Man many of these these I was exposed to in comics and then I deepened my learning elsewhere. Not bad for some things thought to be cartoons. Like any other source of entertainment, the medium is an introduction that causes you to strive to learn more elsewhere. If that is not educational and learning, I am not sure what would constitute it. So yes my dear reader, comic books do qualify as books. Book is right there after comic. Whether you reveal you are reading them or not or qualify that I think talking about the ideas revealed in them is much more important that the fact you have four color separation (yes it's an old method, bear with me) rather than merely black and white as the medium to transfer those ideas. To quote Stan the Man Lee, Excelsior!

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S1: "You are a book, but we do not grant you the rank of litterature." S2: "Nani? This is outrageous, it's unfair! How can you be a book, and not be a part of litterature?" But seriously speaking, I think it depends on the comic book... I myself could qualify "Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" as a book, and there are several other comics, but not all (or even most) of them.

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I think it's like watching a movie with subtitles, the visual is at the forefront

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