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Changed Attitude about Comics

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I, like others in the class was never encouraged to read, or even exposed to comics as a young child. Therefore I always believed that they were not as "worthy" as novels or other works of literature. However, seeing the depth of feeling and amount of intricate physical and metaphorical detail that Bechdel puts into Fun Home has definitely gotten me thinking about the relevance of comics. While I am still not convinced that a graphic novel should be treated and discussed in the same way as a one-hundred-year-old classic novel, I do think that this art form deserves to be discussed in more intellectual forums, such as this class. Because of the interplay of text and pictures, graphic novels bring new dimension to narratives that traditional novels are not able to, simply due to the medium.

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