I first learned to read by reading comics with my father when I was around 5 or 6 years old. For all I know, my father never read comics by himself, except perhaps when browsing comic strips in his morning newspaper, but he wanted to teach me how to read. That’s why we ended up reading my comic books. He would hyphenate all the words, syllable by syllable, in the speech balloons with his marker pen on some randomly chosen page and then read the words to me one syllable at a time (Figure I.1).