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Teaching comics to teens day 2: Creating an exquisite corpse

The second day will be about them getting to know each other. I like to have the class play a game called The Exquisite Corpse. Originally conceived by Andre Breton and the Surrealists, the game encourages group creativity through random chance (in my experience, kids love all things random). more

Teaching comics to teens day 1: Using comics to tell your story

We inaugurate a fantastic new series by Derek Mainhart, who is setting out to write up an entire year’s curriculum for a comics class at the secondary level: middle school and high school. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be entertaining, well-planned, and incredibly useful. more

Mastering Comics pre-release giveaway online and at MoCCA Fest!

Our new textbook, Mastering Comics, releases officially on May 8 and to celebrate we will be giving away four copies, two here on the website and two in person at our table at the MoCCA Fest 2012! more

Mastering Comics: it’s finally here!

After years of labor, we are happy to announce that we hold an actual, printed copy of Mastering Comics, our follow up to Drawing Words & Writing Pictures in our hands. Official release date is May 8! more

Book group transcription #1: “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel

Back in the fall, Matt and I ran a graphic novel book club at the Brooklyn Public Library. These were really great discussions, and we’re going to try to post complete transcripts. more

What’s in Mastering Comics?

Wondering what’s coming in our upcoming new textbook Mastering Comics? We’ve posted our table of contents in the Resources section, and will link items in it to posts here as we make them. Can’t wait to share this with you! more

Announcing Mastering Comics

We are excited to announce that Mastering Comics will go on sale May 8th, 2012. more

Guest post: Cartooning and Confianza

As a teacher, having confianza with my students has always been of the utmost importance. In fact, it’s always been my main priority: I just figured the content-learning would come if I could get my students to trust me. Teaching, I think, is about managing human relationships. more

Best American Recap: Notable Comics of 2010

This week we are going to give away a set of about 10 comics and graphic novels that were featured in the Best American Comics 2010 List of Notable Comics! Just comment on this post between now and Tuesday December 13 at 5 pm, and you will be entered in a drawing to win the pile. more

Panels, pages and balloons book club: a few notes on Asterios Polyp

This Saturday, December 17, we’ll be hosting a final live book club meeting at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. This time we’ll be discussing Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli. more