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JOSH ELDER: Comics Ambassador

Josh Elder with a class

WHO HE IS

  • A: Founder of the educational non-profit Reading With Pictures.
  • B: An award-winning graphic novelist.
  • C: Someone who hates writing about himself in the 3rd person.
  • D: All of the above.

WHAT HE DOES

By day, Josh is a mild-mannered graphic novelist known for co-creating the nationally syndicated comic strip Mail Order Ninja, writing The Adventures of Superman and Scribblenauts Unmasked for DC Comics and editing the Comics That Make Kids Smarter anthology for Andrews McMeel Publishing. By night, he serves as a Comics Ambassador for the US State Department, spreading the word about comics in the classroom to the far corners of the globe!

Josh Elder with students at the Instituto Norteamericano in Valparaiso, Chile.

Posing with students at the Instituto Norteamericano in Valparaiso, Chile.

As a consultant, Josh advises companies and institutions on best practices for using comics in the classroom and developing comic-centric educator programming. His clients include Andrews McMeel Publishing, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the New York Comic Con.

As a lecturer, Josh has led cartooning workshops and professional development seminars on using comics in the classroom at schools and libraries in Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Charlotte, New York City, Ann Arbor, St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Las Vegas, Fort Knox, Halifax, Santiago and Minsk among many other cities and towns worldwide.

As a presenter, Josh has spoken at the International Reading Association’s annual conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, TEDX Peachtree and the CUSP Design Conference. He also given talks at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Grinnell College and the University of Concepcion.

 Interested in bringing Josh to your institution? Email him here.