Many people associate comics with silly stories about superheroes, detectives, or talking animals. That doesn’t interest them. Not high quality stories. Not like The Iliad (larger than life hero), Sherlock Holmes series (detective), or Aesop’s Fables (talking animals).
(How much money have ‘The Avengers’ movies made?)
A comic is a visual story told through images. Words are often used in a combination of onomatopoeia, narration, and text bubbles. The images are single scenes and changes in action or location happen by using multiple cells. Comics get their name from the word meaning “funny”. Not all comics are humorous, but the name started with political cartoons and other images printed in newspapers that often were humorous.
The idea of telling a story or relating a message through images is nothing new; visual storytelling is tens of thousands years old: cave paintings, Egyptian tombs, friezes on Greek temples, Chinese screens, triptychs, the Bayeux Tapestry, stained glass windows and sculpture on cathedrals, instructional images... I think you get it. For a very long time, the majority of the populace was illiterate, so could only learn through pictures.
The medium of comics is unique because of its primary use of still images and combination with text in a narrative fashion. Over time, technological advances have enabled author-artists to greatly expand comic creation and dissemination. Comics come in many formats, most commonly in a horizontal strip, left-right top-down grid, or a single cell.
Comics are useful especially for students with emerging language or reading abilities. Resistant and struggling readers are often more engaged with graphic novels because the visuals allow them to access the content more easily. Use comics to encourage reading habits, develop decoding and comprehension, explain a process or concept, or however you want.