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People are always stopping me on the street and asking me, "John, why is literacy important to our modern-day 21st Century youth culture?" 

It's a fair question that requires an incredibly complicated answer. I mean, personally, I've never been a big fan of books. And in the past I'd be all like, "Books aren't for cool people. They're way too wordy," and then I'd rollerblade over to the discotheque.

But then I started to really think about it... all of the knowledge in the world is in books. Everything. If you'd just take some time from your busy schedule to read every single book, you'd be the smartest person in the world. So why not do it today?

No? What's holding you back? Perhaps you should ease your way into it. Comics are probably the best way to start reading. Not only do they have funny dialogue, but there are also pictures that will make you smile your biggest smile.

A lot of expert sources (including Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas*) call comics a "gateway to serious reading" or "perfect for the reluctant reader." So why not pick up some really great comic books and gateway yourself to new worlds and funny moments?

Here are a few I recommend:

 

The Complete Far Side

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Ghostly Thief of Time

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Breaking Cat News

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Big Nate's Greatest Hits

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Adulthood is a Myth

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Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting

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Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts

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100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn

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The Complete Cul de Sac

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*unconfirmed