Cartoons are often seen as not much more than a distraction from reality. Kids shows, or films are good for plonking the kids in front of while the adults go about the necessary day to day tasks. People graduate up from cartoon films to ‘real’ films and children are encouraged to move away from comics and graphic novels so that they can appreciate ‘real’ literature.
Enjoyment is not a factor when it comes to doing things the ‘right’ way. Silence is ‘right’. Sitting still is ‘right’. Anything that might provide energy or vibrancy is treated with suspicion and uncertainty and this means those who might benefit most from a different perspective and style are being left to struggle in a system that doesn’t want to adapt.
But it doesn’t have to be like this.
Classrooms could be a place where sharing and discussion become normal tools of engagement. Lessons could become full of zany characters and wacky adventures that encourage children to learn while also entertaining and involving them in the process. This is the future that Dekko Comics feels is a reality.
The concept is simple. Take lessons and subjects from text-books, find the important educational aspects and then reframe it in a comic story. An example is a lesson about learning to tell the time becomes a story where our hero needs to say the correct self-destruct code (or time) to defeat the evil Count Clockface. This is just one example from the already available comics which cover topics including English, French, Geography, PSE and many more.