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Learning from the comics

Comic strips are very enduring. They are timeless and almost all situations can be represented by a comic strip. There are some very interesting things you can learn from a comic character.

Perseverance

There are two characters that come to my mind. The first one is the Wile E Coyote from The Loony Tunes and the other is the cat from Tom and Jerry.  The coyote would be the most fitting character for perseverance. Come hell or high water he has only one goal and that is to catch the roadrunner. With a never say die attitude he symbolizes the forever aspiration. Albeit in each episode he comes out the loser it only enhances the result orientation. Tom, on the other hand, is a close second. After all there are a few instances he does manage to catch the mouse.

Speed

Speed has been demonstrated by many comic characters. Flash, Speedy Gonzales, Roadrunner, Luck Luke – the fastest gun – so fast he shoots his own shadow.

Ingenuity

There are numerous contenders for this. We have Professor Keenbean of the Riche Rich fame but it is Richie who brings them to light in their use. Others would include Phineas and Ferb, Dexter, and Wile E Coyote with the supplies from ACME.

Friendship and family values

Three comics come to my mind where friendship is concerned. They are the Archie, Winnie the Pooh and Doraemon. For all the fights and bickering among the Archie characters the friendship thread is never lacking. Doraemon demonstrates all the necessary family values of integrity and respecting elders.

Social Responsibility

Captain Planet and the Planeteers is only one that comes to my mind. All episodes end with a social message regarding the environment – its upkeep and well-being.

Childhood

I would rate Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson’s and extremely insight full in depicting childhood. A close second would probably be the Dennis the Menace.

I am sure there are more learning for each one of us. After all there are so many comics around.

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “Learning from the comics

  1. what about asterix and tintin.. No comments on them?

    Posted by nklata | April 16, 2012, 5:53 pm
  2. why no indian comics???…tinkle has many, amarchitra katha…Supandi, Birbal??

    Posted by Mahadevan.P | April 23, 2012, 10:07 am

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