Lillian Mongeau reports on using graphic novels to teach in immigrant communities for NPR’s California Report. She interviews Thi Bui who is both a teacher at Oakland International and a cartoonist. She also interviews me. Listen to the whole thing here.
Korea Herald reports on comics’ role in the increasingly diverse nation of South Korea:
The book titled “Hello! Global Citizens” aims to teach children about peace, human rights and sustainable development. UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding created the educational comic aimed to help elementary and high school students overcome cultural differences.
Full article here.
Reporter Jackie Alexander writes about one of my school visits in Gainesville for The Gainesville Sun:
Having an idea for a comic book is one thing, said illustrator and author Gene Luen Yang. Putting it on paper and making money are entirely different.
“A lot of people have great ideas,” he said, “but if you go from the idea to producing something, you’re setting yourself apart from 80 percent of them.”
I quoted myself saying that because it’s true. While doing presentations and conventions, I’ve heard many, many pitches from aspiring cartoonists of all ages. Some of them are great, full of imagination and heart. But to be honest, imagination and heart are cheap. Everybody has imagination and heart. If you really want to impress me, put some panels down on a piece of paper. Write some paragraphs.
And if you need some help with that, check out Tom Hart and Leela Corman’s Sequential Artist’s Workshop in Gainesville! Get trained and start making some comics!
Full article here.
In an article for Edutopia, Andrew Miller lists five great strategies for teaching effectively with comics:
I know, we love books and tools, but just like with technology, sometimes we get wrapped up in the tool instead of first thinking about the purpose. Here are some specific strategies to ponder as you select a graphic novel or comic to read, or as you consider how students might create their own. Thinking about them will help you focus your purpose in your instruction. All of them are useful, as long as the purpose is clear to the teacher and the learner.
Full article here.
Check out this online comic where classic movie monsters guide you through the library.
Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit teaches kids about making comics and the rules of intellectual property.
Jeremy Zoss profiles Big Time Attic for The Journal. Big Time Attic is Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon (no relation), the team behind many, many top-notch educational graphic novels.
As the two halves of illustration studio Big Time Attic in the Thorpe Building in Northeast, they share more than a last name. They share a mission. That’s why it’s important to know the facts. They might make comics, but Kevin and Zander are here to educate you.
Read the whole thing here.
Library Director Matt Upson collaborated with one of his student workers to create a great comics guide to his library! Featuring ZOMBIES! Take a look here.
At the Alternative Press Expo last weekend, someone saw Level Up on our table and told me about an organization called Graphic Medicine. (I don’t remember your name! Sorry! But you were awesome.) It was started by a guy named Ian Williams, and they’re all about finding ways to use comics in healthcare! Here’s a snippet from their website’s introduction:
My name is Ian Williams. I did an MA in medical humanities (looking at the discourse of medicine using the conceptual tools of the arts and humanities). I wrote a dissertation on medical narrative in graphic novels. it is my contention that comic/graphic fiction could be a useful resource for healthcare professionals, patients and carers. in this site i list and briefly review all the graphic novels and comic books that i have found to be relevant. I do keep finding more, however, and so will be adding reviews as I read the books.
Looks like there are all sorts of links and resources on their website. They even hold conferences on the topic! Check out GraphicMedicine.org here.
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.