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RWP is Proud to Present…

THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK:

Proudly presented by Andrews McMeel Publishing

The Graphic Textbook brings together some of the finest creative talents – including Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey, Janet Lee and Roger Langridge – in the comic industry with the leading experts in visual literacy and comic-based curriculum – including Dr. Katie Monnin and Dr. James Bucky Carter – to create a gamechanging educational tool for the classroom and beyond.

The Graphic Textbook

Aimed at grades 3-6, The Graphic Textbook features short stories that address topics drawn from the list of Common Core Standards. The accompanying Teacher’s Edition will include Standards-correlated lesson plans customized to each story, research-based justifications for using comics in the classroom, a guide to establishing best classroom practices and a comprehensive listing of additional educational resources, both in print and online.

The Graphic Textbook has been financed entirely through our Kickstarter campaign. The book itself is set for a spring 2013 release in both print and digital formats.

CREATORS

  • Social Studies
    • “George Washington: Action President” by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
    • “Crogan’s Revolution” by Chris Schweizer
    • “Field Trip” by Russell Lissau and Marvin Mann
  • Math
    • “Finding Ivy” by Michael Bramley and Alice Meichi Li
    • “Probamon!” by Geoffrey Golden and Nate Pride
    • Creator to Be Announced
  • Language Arts
    • “Special Delivery to Shangri-La” by Mike Lee and Janet Lee
    • “Albert the Alien in ‘It’s a Figure of Speech!’” by Trevor Mueller and Gabriel Bautista
    • “The Power of Print” by Katie Cook
  • Science
    • “Doctor Sputnik: Man of Science” by Roger Langridge
    • “Like Galileo…” by James Peaty and Tintin Pantoja
    • “Mail Order Ninja in Showdown with the Sea Apes!” by Josh Elder and Dean Trippe
  • Introduction
    • Gene Yang

EDUCATIONAL TEAM 

  • Dr. David Rapp
  • Dr. Katie Monnin
  • Dr. James Bucky Carter
  • Sari Wilson
  • Tracy Edmunds, MA
  • Jennifer Kim, MA Ed.

EDITORIAL TEAM 

  • Josh Elder, editor-in-chief
  • Brandon Montclare, editor
  • Paul Morrissey, editor

Complete Story Summaries and Creator/Staff Bios

SOCIAL STUDIES

GEORGE WASHINGTON: ACTION PRESIDENT BY FRED VAN LENTE AND RYAN DUNLAVEY

“ Action Presidents features the true lives and times of the people who have led the United States  – and we’re starting at the very beginning, with George Washington! We explore the causes of the Revolution, why the brand-new American government felt it needed a president in the first place, and why everyone in the country knew the first one had to be George Washington … everyone that is, except George Washington himself!”

Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey are the award-winning creators of Action Philosophers (Evil Twin) and The Comic Book History of Comics (IDW).

CROGAN’S REVOLUTION BY CHRIS SCHWEIZER

“ During the Revolutionary War, British loyalist Charles Crogan finds himself working alongside Corporal Tye, the real-life leader of an all-black commando unit fighting for the Crown.”

Chris Schweizer is a professor of Sequential Art at the SCAD-Atlanta, but is best known in the comic community for creating Crogan Adventures, a line of historical fiction graphic novels that have been named to the American Library Association’s list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens among numerous other awards and accolades.

Field Trip by Russell Lissau and Marvin Mann
“ A field trip to an art museum goes dull to AMAZING when the class reaches the hall of arms and armor and begin imagining themselves as knights during the age of chivalry!”

Russell Lissau is an award-winning comic book writer and journalist. His credits includeThe Batman Strikes!, Strawberry Shortcake and Reading With Pictures: An Educational Anthology.

Marvin Mann has drawn and occasionally written webcomics, mini-comics, black and white and color pamphlets, comics using 3D modeling software, comics for the iPhone and four graphic novels, The Lone and Level SandsInanna’sTearsSome New Kind of Slaughter and The Grave Doug Freshley from Archaia.

MATH

FINDING IVY BY MICHAEL BRAMLEY AND ALICE MEICHI LI

“ A magical fantasy in the vein of Through the Looking Glass set in the world of a fantastical clockface.”

Alice Meichi Li, true to her namesake, ponders curiouser things and proceeds to ensnare them within the confines of her canvas.  Fall down the rabbit hole at http://alicemeichi.com/

Michael Bramley has been a fan of comics from a young age. Teachers would reprimand him for trying to read comics during quiet time and for drawing monsters in the margins of his school notebooks. Nowadays Michael lives in NYC with his wife, Alice, and spends all day making things up for his webcomic, Hadron Colliderscope.

PROBAMON! BY GEOFFREY GOLDEN AND NATE PRIDE

“ Math Addem keeps losing Probamon monster battles because he doesn’t think through his chances of winning. Luckily, his friends Multi and Bracket know the odds and decide to help Math out.”

Geoffrey Golden writes humor for major studios and entertainment outlets, like Warner Bros, Fox, Capcom, National Lampoon, Cracked Magazine, Comedy.com, Lionsgate and more. In 2010, Geoffrey successfully fundraised to start The Devastator, “the quarterly comedy magazine for humans” that features writers and artists from ConanThe SimpsonsOnion News Network, Marvel and DC Comics.

Nathan Pride’s background in design and publishing with Caliber Comics (1990-2002), afforded him exposure to all the creative sides of producing illustrative and graphic storytelling work. His recent work appears in Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, which won a 2011 Will Eisner Award for Best Anthology.

LANGUAGE ARTS

SPECIAL DELIVERY TO SHANGRI-LA BY MIKE LEE AND JANET LEE

“A boy, his airship, and a mysterious box tied with red satin ribbon. Young Jules Verne and his companions are on a special mission to Shangri-La – but can they reach the legendary city in time?”

Mike Lee is a novelist, game designer and scriptwriter who never outgrew the wild adventures of his youth. When not battling space pirates or hunting rogue secret agents, he lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eisner-Award winning artist Janet K. Lee is the illustrator of Return of the Dapper Menand two Marvel adaptations of Jane Austen novels. She lives in Nashville with her novelist husband, young son, a very sweet dog, and a very bad cat.

ALBERT THE ALIEN IN “IT’S A FIGURE OF SPEECH”  BY TREVOR MUELLER AND GABRIEL BAUTISTA

“Hijinks ensue when Albert, an alien exchange student going to school on earth, interprets figures of speech all too literally…”

Trevor Mueller works in advertising by day and writes comics by night. In 2009, Trevor joined Reading With Pictures as their Marketing Director, combining his love of comics, education and advertising.

Gabriel Bautista is an indy comic artist and an Eisner Award-winning colorist. His work can be seen in Image’s Popgun Vol. 2 and Elephantmen, while his coloring work can be seen in DC Comics’ The Spirit and All-Star Western.

THE POWER OF PRINT BY KATIE COOK

“A chronicle of the history of the printed word and the evolution of print as a medium from stone tablets to digital tablets!”

Katie Cook is an illustrator and comic book artist currently best known for her work onStar WarsJim Henson’s Fraggle Rock and the Eisner-Award winning anthology Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard.

SCIENCE

Doctor Sputnik, Man of Science by Roger Langridge

“Doctor Sputnik, Man of Science, and his dim-witted assistant, Spud, bravely explain the basic principles of Force and Motion. Newton’s laws, friction, gravity and momentum have never made you laugh this hard!”

 Roger Langridge has been producing comics for over twenty years. Most recently, he has attracted critical attention for his work on the Harvey Award-winning Muppet Show Comic Book and Thor: The Mighty Avenger. Other works of note include Marvel’s Fin Fang Four, Fantagraphics’ Zoot! and Art d’Ecco (in collaboration with his brother Andrew), and the NCS, Ignatz, Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic book Fred the Clown.

LIKE GALILEO… B Y JAMES PEATY AND TINTIN PANTOJA

“A detention teacher and rebellious student discuss Galileo—and their discussion begins to change both minds and the visual world around them.”

An established comic-book writer both in the UK and US, James Peaty has worked on titles including Batman, Green Arrow and Supergirl for DC Comics, as well as a two-year run on the Marvel Heroes title for Panini UK. Aside from his comic book work, James is also a lecturer at London Metropolitan University in the faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations.

Tintin Pantoja was born in Manila and received a BFA in Illustration and Cartooning at the school of Visual Arts in New York, leading to a career in comics and commercial illustration. In 2005, she was nominated for the Friends of Lulu ‘Best Newcomer’ award and her published works include Hamlet: The Manga Edition for Wiley, three volumes ofManga Math for Lerner Graphic Universe and a story in Reading With Pictures: An Educational Comics Anthology.

MAIL ORDER NINJA IN “SHOWDOWN WITH THE SEA APES” BY JOSH ELDER AND DEAN TRIPPE

“Timmy McAllister and his mail order ninja, Jiro Yoshida, must face down the school bully and his pack of genetically engineered primate/crustacean hybrids, the Sea Apes, in order to find who rules the school!”

Josh Elder is the Founder and President of Reading With Pictures and the writer and editor of a great many things, including novels, videogames and, of course, comics. He is best-known as the writer and co-creator of Mail Order Ninja and for his work onStarCraft:Frontline and The Batman Strikes.

Dean Trippe is a writer and illustrator best known for his all-ages superhero webcomic,Butterfly, the children’s book series Power Lunch from Oni Press with writer J. Torres, and as the co-founder and co-editor of Project: Rooftop.

EDUCATIONAL TEAM

Dr. David N. Rapp is Associate Professor at Northwestern University in the Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy, and in Cognitive Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He is a member of the Reading With Pictures’ Board of Directors and his research examines the cognitive mechanisms underlying successful and unsuccessful learning.

Dr. Katie Monnin is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida.  She is also the author of Teaching Graphic Novels (2010) and finalist for ForeWord’s Education Book of the Year Award, Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels(2011), Really Reading with Graphic Novels (2012), and Teaching Content Area Graphic Novels (2012).

Dr. James Bucky Carter is an Assistant Professor of English Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. He studies the intersections of literacy and comics and has authored and edited multiple books and articles on the subject.

Sari Wilson is an educational consultant and writer whose clients include Scholastic, PBS, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and Random House academic marketing. Her fiction and comics writing has appeared in literary journals such as Agni and The Oxford American.

Tracy Edmunds, M.A., is an educational author, editor, curriculum developer, and comics enthusiast. In her nine years as a primary classroom teacher, she experienced first-hand the power of comics in teaching and learning.

Jennifer Kim, M.A.Ed., is an editor, trainer, and math enthusiast. She was a K–8 educator and instructional math coach for over a decade and knows the importance of novelty in teaching math to kids.

EDITORIAL TEAM

Josh Elder is the Founder and President of Reading With Pictures and the writer and editor of a great many things, including novels, videogames and, of course, comics. He is best-known as the writer and co-creator of Mail Order Ninja and for his work onStarCraft:Frontline and The Batman Strikes.

Brandon Montclare has been a lifelong fan of comics and been employed in some part of the business since he was 12 years old. He’s worked as an editor at TokyoPop (Rising Stars of Manga) and DC Comics (All-Star Superman, Batman: Year 100, Hellblazer). Nowadays he’s even started to write here and there (Batman, Hulk).

Paul Morrissey is an Eisner-Award-winning editor of several acclaimed comic books and graphic novels, including The Muppet ShowMouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, and Fraggle Rock.