Pop Culture Expert: The Many Uses for Comics and Graphic Novels

September 25 is National Comic Book Day


The mention of comic books may bring expectations of superheroes in bright colors and tights to some, but Texas Tech University’s comics expert says sequential art is ideal for use in education.


Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library, (806) 834-5126 office, (806) 780-8775 mobile, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.

Talking Points

  • Sequential art, cartoons, comics and graphic novels are not a genre, but a format or technique for conveying information.
  • Comics provide opportunities for active engagement, higher comprehension and interest.
  • The graphic novel has been used throughout history, including World War II.
  • Weiner is the author or editor of many books related to film, comics, music or pop culture.
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