Manga Makes Us Smarter
MSNBC’s comics blog has a story about San Francisco-based No Starch Press and its release of a line of math and science manga comic books.
The books are translations of Japanese originals.
The plot lines may sound sappy to grown-ups. Usually they involve a cute schoolgirl or schoolboy who’s challenged by an equally cute teacher to master a seemingly impenetrable subject. But Bill Pollock, the founder and president of No Starch Press, says the books get the job done, especially for students who are at a crucial age for math and science education…
…Japanese researchers have reported that manga books can deliver information in a shorter time and make a stronger impression than conventional textbooks. “Manga’s textual hybridity is utilized to promote the readers’ effective learning, as verbal and iconographic tests place multiple layers of information in context and project a focused content,” Satsuki Murakami and Mio Bryce wrote in the International Journal of the Humanities.
Image: The Manga Guide to Relativity via No Starch Press.