Comics – where it all began!

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We are all grown ups now, too old for comics… really? Are we actually too old for comic books now? I mean while standing on a newspaper stand, gazing through the latest edition of those flashy magazines, have you never had that temptation to just pick from one of the top comic books available and perhaps read through a few pages?

No… never… um… actually just once… or… its OK, wanting to read a comic book is not a problem. After all why must you restrain yourself from the urge of enjoying, just for the sake of maintaining that intellectual image? All of us tend to look at the cartoon strips which find their space in perhaps the weekend magazine sections of all newspapers. Why the barrier? Anybody of any age can actually just pick up one of these funny collections and laugh it off. The jokes now sound silly of course but in the kind of environment we live or one can say we struggle to survive, something easy and perhaps silly like childish jokes can certainly relieve a considerable pain load.

Well while reading comics books is a child’s fun time, creating a comic is certainly a serious task. It takes a lot to create even one chapter of a book. The characters are conceived, cartoonists and illustrators work, scripts are prepared, all components arranged together and thus with days of effort we get those tempting books ready. But do you know how and where did it all started? I mean who actually came up with the idea? How these comics characters got their identity?

For the intrigued, here is the info.

To begin with, there is no definite answer to these questions. Perhaps the art of story telling, which has existed since ever inspired illustrators to convert the narratives in a print form. Or maybe a grandfather, trying to entertain his grandchildren created something on papers and called it a comic book. Though there are no dates corresponding to establishment of comics, but somewhere towards the end of 19th century and early 20th century, the art gathered recognition. It was through newspapers and magazines that the famous comic characters explored their world. In fact the available early works are not essentially to entertain, but are more directed towards the purposes of religious awareness. Other subjects of social and political nature too found comic books a proliferation medium.

Since those times however, comic books have failed to maintain the critical attention, they were supposed to gather. Over the years the journey saw a clear transformation to the current responsibility of entertaining. Comics now are created with humorous slant, committed to indulge children and adults.

While it’s all cool with comic books, the only serious concern in this domain is the possible destructive impact on children. Especially in geographies like US there have been protests to ban the daily comic supplement in the newspaper. However, like all sections of art, while there are few exceptions, the comic books otherwise enjoy public popularity.

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