Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsWelcome to week 2 of the course! Today we turn to comics - another highly popular medium that relies on a hybrid mixture of graphic and verbal language. If you’re doing this course, you’re probably not someone who thinks that comics are just easy-to-read drivel. But many people still do think that, and hopefully today you’ll be gathering some counter-arguments for the next time you bump into someone like that. Let’s jump into it.

Welcome to Week 2 of the Pictures of Youth course!

This week we’ll take you through the core activities below:

1) Understanding comics

Where we get to grips with definitions… and start to wonder at the huge variety of comics.

2) Comics literacy

How do we read comics? For children, it’s by no means an instinctive thing, however straightforward it might seem to us now. And even as adults… how good are you at decoding comics?

3) Comics for children and ideology

We look at the social and political values - the embedded ideology - within some children’s comics, to understand better the controversies that surround the medium.

4) Comics culture and children today

We end the week by talking about some popular examples of comics and other hybrid forms of children’s literature today, and at emergent forms of child-created content.

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This video is from the free online course:

Pictures of Youth: An Introduction to Children’s Visual Culture

University of York