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Reading With Pictures held two exciting panels at San Diego Comic-Con. Thank you to everyone who attended! We appreciate your enthusiasm and support and hope you all had a fabulous time at Comic-Con. If you couldn’t be with us, here is some of what you missed.


On Thursday, Tracy Edmunds moderated “Teaching Content Through Comics: Math, Science, and History.” Our great creator panelists were:

— Jason Batterson, curriculum developer for Beast Academy, an elementary comics-based math curriculum

— Geoffrey Golden, writer of the math comic “Probamon” for Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter and Nommons: Math Universe, math video game that uses comics

— Nick Dragotta, creator of the STEM comic Howtoons

— Fred VanLente, writer for Howtoons: (Re)Ignition, as well as Action Philosophers and “George Washington: Action President” for Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter

— Jonathan Hennessey, writer of The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, and the forthcoming The Comic Book Story of Beer

— Josh Elder, founder and president of Reading With Pictures and author of “Mail Order Ninja and the Silverback Horde” (science) and “Lumina: Menace of the Mathemagician” (math) for Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter


On Friday, Josh Elder moderated “Getting the Most Out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library.” The expert panelists were:

— Dr. Katie Monnin, Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida and author of several books on using comics in education

— Andrea Shockling, designer, artist, writer, teacher, teaching artist, arts manager, and host of Comics Therapy

— David Cutler, high school teacher and writer for SpinEdu and Edutopia

Carol Tilley, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

— Tracy Edmunds, curriculum manager for Reading With Pictures and freelance curriculum developer, writer, and editor


If you have photos, audio, or video of these panels to share, please email


Here are links to some of the resources mentioned during the panels:

Resources from Reading With Pictures

  • Why Comics? (PDF) A brief roundup of relevant research on teaching with comics.
  • Graphic Novels as Complex Texts in the Common Core Standards (PDF) Examines, with examples, how graphic texts meet the definition of complex texts put forth in the Common Core State Standards.
  • Comics for Teaching Content (PDF)  A list of comics and graphic novels for teaching math, science, history, and other subjects. Your input is needed! Know a great title that isn’t on this list? Please email

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