Logicomix (Bloomsbury) did an extraordinary job at capturing the life and work of philosopher and logician Betrand Russell in a way that cannot fail to enlighten any reader. More recently there has been Science Tales (Blank Slate), Philosophy: A Discovery In Comics (NBM), Economix (Abrams Comicart) and Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations (SelfMadeHero); all making potentially dry topics moist and digestible. A good image is always more memorable than descriptive text but comics can comfortably move into the abstract, step outside of themselves to break the forth wall and do away with 'wasted' text (e.g. descriptive) so there is less to read and more to absorb.
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Can we therefore look forward to a future where academic texts books are filled with sequential art? It may be a decade or so too late for that (thank you mister computer tablet) but it will no doubt filter out to a lesser degree and that's good news for the comics medium and good news for illustrators.