5 Online College Courses for Comic Book Fans

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As comic books become a larger part of our culture, they have also gained quite a bit of respect from those who previously dismissed them as childish. Many now view comics as legitimate pieces of art. This includes universities, who have created more and more comic book related classes sure to interest any fan of the medium.

Comics and their offshoots have become a huge business. It seems like every other movie that comes out was based on a graphic novel these days. Colleges have taken notice of the popularity and shaped courses that will help people break into the world of comics, or just entertain while teaching you new and interesting things. Here are 5 online college courses for comic book fans.

Graphic Novel as Literature at Emerson College

Emerson College has taken the progressive step of viewing graphic novels as legitimate writing endeavors. This class focuses on the different methods and styles of storytelling by some of the best comic book creators in the business. If you have been looking for an excuse to read Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” or Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” here is your chance to earn college credit while doing so.

There have been quite a few big names among comic book writers that deserve study. Neil Gaiman is an award winning novelist and comic book writer. Alan Moore is widely considered one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. It is about time that their work got recognized as being truly impressive examples of writing.

History of Comics at Academy of Art University

Comics have been around for over a century, and the story of how they reached their popularity today has been marked with government inquests, backstabbing and bankruptcies. The Academy of Art University has realized that the story of comic books is just as interesting as anything in the comics themselves and built a history class in response.

Science: Superheroes to Global Warming at University of California Irvine

Have you ever wondered how super strength would work in real life or how Spider-Man’s web is able to trap hundreds of pounds of super villains at once? Then Science: Superheroes to Global Warming class at University of California Irvine is the perfect class for you! Plus, it should help resolve a lot of debates between the comic book nerds of the world when you learn the science behind your favorite superhero’s powers.

This is actually a great idea for a course. Comic books have deep roots in science fiction. Superman is a visitor from another world, Iron Man invented the world’s coolest armor, and Reed Richards can invent anything he feels like. A class on what is feasible and the theories behind the actual scientific principles shown in comics is sure to garner interest from both comic book fans and science enthusiasts.

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