When my son reads his "practice reading at home" books to me at night, he reads the words, then spends time looking at the pictures before turning the page.
When I read a comic book, I barely look at the pictures my first read-through. I suck up the words, skipping from one black-and-white bubble to the next, eager to inhale the story.
This is a fault. I’m going to try and be more patient and take in the image with the word.
It’s like eating M&Ms and corn nuts. It takes a little more effort to mix them together, but when the salty and the sweet meet in your mouth … manna from 7-Eleven.
Tonight I’m reading Batgirl #5 and I’m going to mix the pictures and the words together. And then I will achieve comic book umami.