With a seemingly endless string of superhero movies the last few years, comic books and graphic novels on which they’re often based have seen increased popularity among children.
But can these comic books help your child improve their reading – or even, inspire their love of it?
A recent article in Scholastic Parents, the longstanding publishing and education company, says that because children are drawn to visual media, comic books and graphic novels can help turn your child into a super reader.
In part, that’s because children slow down and look at the images to truly understand the plot which helps them with critical thinking, sequencing, imagination, storytelling and creativity.
And not all comic books include graphic story lines, Scholastic notes, so parents can find all types of sotires – including Shakespearean plays – presented in comic book form.
Here’s a list of El Paso area comic book stores to help get you started finding the best books for your child – or your inner child.
All Star Comics & Games
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
4406 Dyer; 915-562-0443
@allstarelpaso on Facebook
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday
5360 N. Mesa; 915-875-8600
@asylumcomicseptx on Facebook
Black Sheep Comics
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday; closed Monday
1491 N. Lee Trevino; 915-235-7872
@blacksheepcomicselpaso on Facebook
Comics, Cards, & Collectibles
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
9477 Dyer; 915-755-6877
@Comics-Cards-Collectibles on Facebook
Linear Comics & Games
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
9155 Dyer; 915-275-5234
@linearcg on Facebook
Lost Dog Comics
Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday
9627 Sims; 915-444-8314
@lostdogcomics on Facebook
Mayhem Toyz & Comics
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday
2200 N. Lee Trevino; 915-595-6762
@mayhemtoyz on Facebook
Mr. Robot Toyz & Collectibles
Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday
1530 Lomaland; 915-500-5031
@Mr.RobotToyz on Facebook
Old Major Comics
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursay-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday
10780 Pebble Hills; 915-449-0990
@Comic-Bookstore/Old-Major-Comics on Facebook
Hours: noon-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday
12400 Montwood; 915-594-2977
@RebelComiks on Facebook