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Do comics in the classroom help kids learn?

10 am TODAY on WILL-AM's Focus

Reading with Pictures cartoon saying "Comics Out Loud."

University of Illinois assistant professor Carol Tilley has always felt strongly about the fact that kids need comics. And she’s not the only one. We’ll talk with Tilley about how comics played a huge role in her childhood and why she thinks it’s so upsetting that they are less widely available and more expensive than they once were. Award-winning graphic novelist and nationally syndicated cartoonist Josh Elder also joins us. He’s creating a new series of graphic textbooks for elementary and middle school teachers. We’ll talk with him and Tilley about what sets comics apart and why they’re useful in the classroom.