The implication of the word comic is very baffling. Although superficially the word is synonymous with buffoonery, jest, satire and witticism, the true import of a comic message can be something deeper, solemn and far reaching. The fictitious mask of this genre is exploited to highlight certain disturbing realities of the current social and environmental ethos. One of the reasons which accounts for the prosperity of comic book store is its relevance in the contemporary society both in its theme and representation.
Contrary to what we think this burgeoning literary style has emerged after a lot of thought, analysis and research rather than a consequence of thoughtless prank. In fact all the attributes of comic literature comprising deployment of diction, portrayal of images, graphical script encasing in blurbs and balloons, use of textual sound effects or onomatopoeia, narrative pacing, grammar and style among others contribute towards the distinctiveness of this format of literature. The comic books are therefore extremely exciting and stimulating read for young children who feed on the adventures of their favourite comic heroes where their imaginations come alive in the pages of their story books. It is an addictive pastime for both young and adults nowadays because of its ability to coalesce the flights of imagination with current social pertinence.
Comic book’ strips are no longer restricted merely within books and films nowadays. This form of literature plays the role of Shakespearean fools whose wisecrack comments serves to wittily and humorously direct the spotlight on social follies, anomalies and hypocrisies for fostering awareness and piercing the dormant consciences without being violent, foul or vindictive. No wonder the fourth estate comprising the world of media and mass communication is also intelligently and cautiously resorting to this effective literary tool of using comic strips for censuring the corruption of existing social order and subtly arousing public awareness without inviting the direct wrath of people in power. Thus, the arena of comics is expanding and ramifying its arms for fulfilling multipurpose objectives of entertainment, cultural reflection, education, therapy and raising social awareness for paving way towards necessary revolution and establishing ethical standards.