Comics in Education: Case Studies as Comics

September 28, 2011 by  
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In a column for The Jewish Daily, Renee Ghert-Zand describes an education case study that was published as a comic:

If it could work for the Holocaust, an Algerian rabbi’s cat, and a Birthright Israel trip, then it could also work for a Jewish day school governance and administration case study. So thought Ken Gordon, social media manager at the Boston-based Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, and he was right.

Looking for a way to re-imagine “A Case Study of Jewish Day School Leadership: How Way Leads on to Way” written by Professor Alex Pomson of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Gordon turned to author and graphic novelist Steve Sheinkin, author of the Rabbi Harvey series, asking him to use his graphic storytelling skills to give the 50-page case study a second life on PEJE’s webzine, “Sustained!”

Read the entire article here.

‘Nuff Said Review: Lola

September 26, 2011 by  
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Lola by J. Torres & Elbert Orr
Recommended for Middle School and Up

A grandma’s ghost in the Philippines!  What’s not to like?


ATLA: Interview with AARisings

September 23, 2011 by  
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AARisings talked to me about cartooning, teaching, and the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender comic from Dark Horse.

I started reading comics in the fifth grade. I’ve been reading ever since, except for a short break in junior high. A popular friend of mine told me to give up comics so I could get a girlfriend, so I did. Once I realized that reading comics wasn’t the reason I couldn’t get a girlfriend (it had more to do with my Asian Urkel looks), I started collecting again.

Full interview here.

Comics in Education: PhD Comics – the Movie?

September 21, 2011 by  
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This might be the nerdiest comic-turned-movie ever.

ATLA: Interview with

September 20, 2011 by  
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Recently, interviewed me about the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender comic book from Dark Horse.  Here are my thoughts about the original series:

The original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series is essentially an American coming-of age-story set in an Asian fantasy environment. Aang learns skills, but he also learns how to shoulder responsibility. Katara learns to make peace with her past. Zuko learns to tell the difference between right and wrong.

Full interview here.

‘Nuff Said Review: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown

September 19, 2011 by  
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Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 by Jeff Lemire and Ibraim Roberson
Recommended for High School and Up

I still don’t know what Flashpoint is (I’ve tried hard to understand it, I swear), but that didn’t stop this book from being an incredibly fun read.  G.I. Robot shows up!  How awesome is that?


‘Nuff Said Review: Action Comics #1

September 13, 2011 by  
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Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
Recommended for High School and Up

Young Superman’s kind of a jerk… which is kind of awesome.


R.I.P. Dylan Williams

September 12, 2011 by  
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Comics in Education: Technology in Schools

September 7, 2011 by  
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Heidi MacDonald over at The Comics Beat offers some commentary on a recent NY Times article about technology and education:

Not that we have any idea what this means…the article goes on for six more pages with mostly head scratching over what any of it means. It’s possible that digital/interactive literacy isn’t measured on conventional test scores. Or maybe strong, dedicated teachers are really the key element and not laptops.

Every cartoonist knows that the Internet is both a very, very good thing (image research wonder-machine!) and a very, very bad thing (procrastination wonder-machine!).  I think the same is true for students.  Our school recently went one-to-one, meaning every student now has a laptop.  I have seen the laptops both enhance and hinder of education.  Much more important, in my opinion, are the parents, the teachers, and the choices that the students themselves make.

So should the students have laptops?  I would say yes.  Technology is a part of the fabric of our world now.  But we can’t see technology as an educational magic bullet.  Simply giving a laptop to a student isn’t going to make her any smarter than simply giving her a pencil.

Heidi’s commentary here.  Full NYTimes article here.

‘Nuff Said Review #32: Otto’s Orange Day

September 5, 2011 by  
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Otto’s Orange Day by Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso
Recommended for Birth and Up

All the Toon Books are gorgeous, but this is far and away my kids’ favorite.