What’s The Right Way To Read A Comic Book?
How do you read a comic book?
As I wrap up Watchmen (review on Monday), that’s a question I’ve been asking myself. Do I read the dialogue first, then look at the pictures? Do I look at the pictures first, then read the dialogue?
Do I read an entire page’s dialogue and then go back and look at all the pictures for that page? Do I look at all the pictures on that page and go back through the dialogue? You get the point.
The story art says so much, sometimes even more than the copy. But it’s something I’ve had to get used to, as it’s been decades since I’ve read a book with pictures, other than the Elmo and barnyard picture books I read to my son. So my temptation is to just read all the copy and skip right over the pictures.
But you have to look at both, and I just have no idea of what’s the best way to approach this. It makes reading a comic book take more time than you would think because you have to digest everything on the page before you move on.
That’s one thing I’ve discovered while reading Watchmen. I thought I would breeze right through this book, but it’s taken a longer than I expected, all because I’ve got to look at all these fancy colors and drawings and whatnot. It’s so much to take in for an inexperienced dude like myself.
Anyway, dear comic book experts, what’s the best way to read a comic book?
Please enlighten me.