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Comics in Classrooms

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.

THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE FISHY BUSINESS

THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE FISHY BUSINESS

By Tegan Conner Staff Writer STORY REVIEW When Ace and Bub wind up in a tree thanks to their new penguin friends, they make an awful discovery: a volcano is on their island. They are pretty sure it wasn’t there the day before; so, they decide to investigate. What they find are literally fish out of water (wearing a water suit of sorts), harvesting trees, polluting the island, all in the name of a tiny product called “Fish Stixs.”

Interview with Michael Bitz of The Comic Book Project

August 17, 2005 – Conducted by phone CHRISTIAN HILL: What is the story behind The Comic Book Project? MICHAEL BITZ: I was working on a research project at Teachers College, which is the School of Education at Columbia University. The project was called Learning In and Through The Arts. We were aiming to identify all the ways that the arts impact kids socially and academically. We came up, as somebody in the arts would expect, with all these incredible ways that the arts could help kids build social and academic pathways that typically don’t occur during the school day… And […] Read More

Seika University’s Department of Comic Art

Kyoto Seika University’s Department of Comic Art is the first (and, as of this writing, only) program of it’s kind in a Japanese four-year university. It began operation in April of 2000 after two years of planning and struggle. Now in it’s fourth year, the program is preparing to send out its first class of graduates. One of our seniors has just made her professional debut, and I believe perhaps a dozen other of her forty-one classmates may be able to do the same within a year of graduating.

A Case for Comics

1. An Emerging Medium Sequential Art is pictorial storytelling. Its most widely recognized form is comics. Although comics have been traditionally associated with light diverting children’s fare, an ever growing body of work argues otherwise. Over the past two decades comics have been going through an exciting transformation. From the 1940’s through the 1960’s comics were the medium best suited to deliver action, adventure and fantasy. With the aid of new digital technologies, film, video and computer games are now much more adept at providing visceral adventures to our country’s thrill seekers.