Despite a thriving community of readers, well-wishers and an ever-diversifying talent pool, the sequential art medium still isn't quite met with the kind of social approval it deserves. "Comic Book Literacy," a new independent documentary feature film, aims to change that however, by educating viewers on the medium's vast potential to entertain, teach and communicate.

C2E2 attendees can be the first to catch the documentary during its premiere on Sunday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with director Todd Kent.

Here's CBL's official synopsis:

"Comic Book Literacy" emphasizes the positive attributes of a misunderstood medium. The film features appearances by comic book writers and artists such as Paul Dini, Scott McCloud, Terry Moore, Joe Quesada, Jim Salicrup, Gail Simone and Art Spigeleman as well as historians and scholars who discuss the role comics play in education in both an historical and contemporary context.

Debuting the doc at a convention stocked with present-day comic lovers isn't a matter of preaching to the choir, either, as the filmmakers will be showing the film at schools, film festivals and book conventions through 2010 with a goal of reaching the masses by obtaining wide distribution.

"Comic Book Literacy" joins "Dig Comics" as yet another enthusiastic documentary project spreading the reading word and I say the more the merrier.

You can watch a short trailer for the documentary after the jump.