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Right now, the Australian comics community is producing some of the best original work in the world. Australian comics punch above their weight globally. Many have been picked up by international publishers and nominated for international and national literary awards - yet remain little known at home. Some are directed at an adult audience; some are for all ages. They tackle issues ranging from true crime to environmental ruin to life in detention.

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Comics can be thought-provoking, boundary-breaking, emotionally complex, and all the things that books without pictures can be. Any kid who's ever devoured a title such as Anya's Ghost, Invisible Emmie or A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel can already tell you this. Some parents, though, could use more convincing. There's still an idea that comics aren't "real" literature, or that they're simply a gateway to help reluctant readers transition from picture books to chapter books. But they can be so much more. Here's why all children should explore the vast comics universe if they haven't already.