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Bio: Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller

At a very young age Trevor Mueller was shocked to discover his latent writing abilities. “Am I from another planet?” he used to ponder as a child, but alas he soon discovered that he was a mere mortal by crashing his bike into a tree. Professional History A graduate of Western Michigan University with a BA in Advertising and Promotions, Trevor has worked in advertising and marketing for his entire career. However, his passion as always been with comics and storytelling. Trevor has been published in numerous anthologies, including READING WITH PICTURES vol 1-2, as well as HOPE: THE HERO […] Read More

NINA in THAT MAKES ME MAD

Nina That Makes Me Mad Cover

By Chris Wilson Editor-in-Geek STORY REVIEW Everything makes little Nina mad. She gets upset when her parents don’t know what she likes, when she gets blamed for something she didn’t do, when she tries hard and others do not, when grown-ups don’t let her help, when she does something nice and no one notices and especially when she has to wait.

Comics Ban Sparks Science Fair Project

Science Fair Project Blue Ribbon

By Chris Wilson Editor-in-Geek WARNING: If you tell Alaskan third grader, Sam, that he cannot do something educational you may find yourself the subject of a science fair project. Such was the case with his teacher this year. Sam wanted to read. He wanted to read comics, but his third grade teacher banned comics in class and refused to count them on his daily reading log. It is a common practice in elementary school across the nation to assign reading homework. Students must then log the books, pages, or minutes read on a form and then have it signed by a parent. […] Read More

Comic Express: A Method for Expressing Ideas in Comic Form

By: Don Bergland, University of Victoria Illustrated stories are a powerful form of popular expression. Formats such as the single cartoon, panel strip, comic book, graphic novel, and illustrated book have been widely used in our culture to communicate and express ideas in dramatic ways. Comic products are usually characterized by powerful graphic images which reveal skill in drawing and illustration. Students who attempt to create comic forms, however, are sometimes disappointed when their results lack the illustrative power associated with this format.

Teaching With Comics

At Reading With Pictures, we believe that comics have the potential to be more engaging, more efficient and more effective educational tools than traditional classroom materials. We believe it because we’ve experienced it in our own lives. Comics made us better students, better citizens and better people. Now we hope to share those experiences with pupils in every city, in every school and in every classroom. This starts with providing resources to educate on the role comics play in literacy and ways comics can be used in the classroom. It means recommending appropriate quality books and stories and offering tried […] Read More

JOSH ELDER: Comics Ambassador

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 […] Read More

The Graphic Novel – 16 Week Class

The Graphic Novel ENG 411J – CRN 34984 Spring Semester, 2008 Instructor: Rebecca Gorman Classroom: King Center 314

Comic Book Superheroes

Developing a Syllabus for a Course on Comic Book Superheroes By Elaine M. Deering Instructor of English, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida For years, I bought our family a stylish coffee table book on Superman or Spiderman or other comic book superhero each year at Christmas time. As I paid for my purchase, I would produce my faculty ID and ask if I could get a teacher’s discount. The cashier would invariably reply that the book would have to be related to a course I was teaching, to which I would confide my desire to develop a literature course on comic book […] Read More

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Written by M. David Lopez Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Directions: Using your book, notes and in small groups, discuss and arrive at conclusions to these discussion questions. Chapter 1 – Setting The Record Straight – pp. 2 What is McCloud’s dilemma regarding comics as the book begins? What’s the difference between pictures and comics? According to McCloud, why isn’t it easy to define comics? To what definition does he eventually arrive? List the ancient civilizations that had some form of comics.

How to Draw the Newspaper Adventure Strip

Written by Charles Flanders Saturday, 07 February 2009 19:13 After attending classes at the Allbright Art School, Charles Flanders (1907-1973) moved to New York, where he was later employed by King Features Syndicate in 1932.   There he worked on a number of comic strips by other artists, including Alex Raymond’s Secret Agent X-9, and Bringing Up Father.  He adapted Ivanhoe and Treasure Island for Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson’s New Fun Comics as well as his original strip, Sandra of the Secret Service.  He’s best known, though, for his work on Fran Striker’s The Lone Ranger, which he drew from 1939 until 1971.   NACAE is happy to be able to distribute this how-to booklet, entitled How to Draw […] Read More