Expanding on an off-topic conversation in the batman-anime-dvd thread: Comic books and novels. How do you yourselves judge the difference? As somebody who used to read a lot of novels but now substantially less since i took up comics, I know its probably due more to availability of time than anything else. If I can get through a trade reading it carefully in one night (half an hour to two hours depending on the story and depth), I'm probably going to choose it over a novel which will take me several nights to get through. Thats not to say I don't love reading novels, but I wonder if my current preference for comics is more from laziness than anything else. Does anybody else feel the same way? Is there another quality of comics or novels that makes one more entertaining? Do you yourselves find comics more 'fun'? Or is that just a result of the TYPE of comics you read (for most people, superheroes). There are many comics which just aren't MEANT to be a fun read (challenging, engaging, shocking, politically/socially subversive etc), so we can't just say, 'comics are more fun' since what we actually are talking about is the subject matter not the form. Also, not all novels require you to be entirely switched on either, there are very many novels which are a blast to read and will have you laughing or getting excited etc. Does the immediacy of the comic book image (and the idea that you don't have to 'work' as much as when you'd say read a passage in a novel) make it 'easier'? Not as clever? Film is a ride, but comics still allow you complete control over what order and how you choose to progress through its pages as a prose novel. Its kind of dumb to argue if novels or comics are 'better', but I'd like to hear some thoughts over why the one is much more successful than the other, and why neither is as popular as film, which as a modern medium isn't much older than comics.