(r)Evolutionary (e)Comics Midwest Popular Culture Association October 14, 2005 Dedicated to the memory of Byron Preiss 1953 - 2005 William Harroff McKendree College Lebanon, Illinois Charlotte Johnson Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois Learning Outcomes
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Midwest Popular Culture Association October 14, 2005Dedicated to the memory of Byron Preiss 1953 - 2005
McKendree College Lebanon, Illinois
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois
The End of Reading: Readers at RiskNEA
17,135 people surveyed - data was compared with similar studies from 1982 & 1992
The Survey of Public Participation in the ArtsCensus Bureau 2002
Scribner’s 189419th Century eBooks
“an attempt to battle against the missionary position of reading”Donna Leishman,redridinghood
How many comics can sing to you?… or…
Place the user in control of the content?
Allow content to be emptied & refilled?
Tell you their own stories?
Picture in unmatched color?
Link out to other resources?
Be distributed at the speed of light?
Sound out or spell each word or phrase?
Be made accessible to suit everyone’s needs?
Contain 1000s of additional works in the same space?
American children receive electronic books before they are able to walk, much less read. Stores are filled with publications for toddlers masquerading as toys before the traditional fragile media of paper is introduced to them. Even when print books are purchased, they often include embedded electronic chips, audio-cassettes, video games and related CD-ROMs.
With this type of introduction to reading, it is unrealistic to believe that more sophisticated digital publications will not be demanded by today's children, young adults and adults.
Bembo’s Zoo Roberto deVicq de Cumptich
Some Context Affecting Reading: Rising Expectations
Faster operating systems
Audio players Cassette, CD, MP3, MP4
Comic Art Software plasq
The Solutions:Revolution in Authoring