As educational tools, the textbook has stood as one of the standards of modern education. Tomes dedicated to singular subjects, they are developed to assist both as raw material resources but also as guide-alongs to in-school/in-classroom activities related to those particular subjects in helping increase the knowledge base of students. However, outside of the learning-oriented classroom environment, textbooks on their own are insufficient at being effective teaching tools. Furthermore, textbooks within classrooms often cannot function effectively due to the way the information within is framed.
As a literary medium, graphic sequential storytelling (comics) are a far more effective format for breaking down large chunks of information into easily-digestible groupings that can be used as a learning too. In the comic book series “Action Philosophers!” by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey, the non-fictionalized story is in fact comic book breakdowns of the various backgrounds and defining theories of history’s greatest philosophers. The comic, collected into 2009’s “The More Than Complete Action Philosophers!” (Evil Twin Comics), is an example of the effectiveness of the comic-as-textbook.