In many ways Comics 2.0 is going to give comic art a new meaning perhaps never seen or visualized in the history of comics so far, in which comics have always been projected as time-pass materials whose bread, butter and jam would be Adventure , Humour and Fantasy.Unfortunately , the potential of comic books have not been realised by the educationists for a long time, probably due to “Superman” (the most shining example of fictional Super-Heroes).The halo effect created by Superman was so intense and blinding that comic books failed to diversify itself in scope and most importantly failed to have a place in Literature.
It is now in the internet age when self-publication has become very common and freedom to express has become more real , comic books have taken the form of WebComics.But the idea about comic books as Time-Pass materials is so HARD-CODED in the human mind that WebComics (Internet Comics) are more of just an advanced avataars of the fairly notorious form of comic art called UNDERGROUND COMICS.Other forms have really not taken shoots.
Things are Changing
As the Spell of Superman faded away from Golden Age of Comics in the 30s to the Bronze Age of Comics in the 80s,comic art itself faced a major blow from the electronic games that provided a more interactive forms of time-pass tools.
The major shift in mindset came when a Comic book was awarded a Pulitzer prize in the year 1992.The comic book name was ‘Maus’ and it was about a Nuclear Holocaust Survivor.
Although , many innovative teachers in schools have tried independently to use comics as a motivating tool for dull students, it is now that education organizations around the world are seriously thinking comics as a LEARNING TOOL and some thoughts are even about including Comic art as a “Unique form of Literature.”