Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
ToonDoo lets kids create, publish, and share their own comic strips online and, if you're worried about Internet safety in your class, you can subscribe to their ToonDoo Spaces site for private publishing.
GoAnimate lets users create computer-animated stories they can share online and enhance with simple or more advanced features.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Comics Research & Such
The Comics Chronicles
The Comics Reporter
Thursday, December 3, 2009
"The mission of BMoreFree Programs is to educate and empower under-privileged children and families and to provide resources for them to be successful in life."
Jerry's AWESOME book Mama's Boyz - Home Schoolin was a featured text!!!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 7128 (Bldg. 7, First Floor)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Bitstrips for Schools lets students create and share comic books using online art and multimedia tools. Teachers register a classroom account at the site first, and then each student signs on under that account. The site is subscription-based, but they're offering a 14-day free trial for teachers to test the program. A basic online account for an entire class costs $87 for a year (that's less than $10 a month!). Teachers moderate the comics, which pass through Internet filters to prevent sharing of inappropriate material. If you're looking to teach reading, writing, and storytelling in a high-tech, innovative, and fun way, check out the site and see if it's for you.
For more on the study, check out the latest issue of School Library Monthly and this Science Daily article.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
To get involved today, download the Comiclab application for making Web comic books.
For further information, please contact Educomics Coordinator Dr. Symeon Retalis via http://www.educomics.org.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
For more on the Wimpy series and why its humor and format appeals to boys, girls, kids, and adults, check out another interview with Kinney.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The creator might surprise people, but we all know Hollywood has grown to love comic books. Just look at the popularity of motion-picture remakes of classic comics like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Wolverine -- not to mention last month's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment (including its 5,000 comic characters) by Disney. And while the digital platform is certainly nontraditional, it's no surprise either. We live in a digital age where technology rules, accessibility is key, and new literacies are being embraced.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Borders Educator Appreciation Week runs September 29-October 7. Current and retired educators save 30% off the list price o purchases for personal or classroom use. Now you can buy all the graphic novels you want! Just bring proof of your educator status.
Some other Educator Appreciation Week events/specials:
- Teacher Town Hall Meeting with networking, refreshments, and giveaways: Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
- Where the Wild Things Are Wild Rumpus Teacher Celebration with activities, crafts, giveaways, and more for the whole family: Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m.
- Borders Classroom Discount Card: Educators receive 25% off purchases for their classroom every day!
-who can save: Individual teachers, from preschool through high school, as well as school librarians and homeschool educators.
-how you benefit: Save 25% off the list price of books and music CDs and 10% off the list price of DVDs for professional use.
-how to get a card: Applications are available at all Borders stores, and signing up is completely free. You'll need to show proof of your educator status when you submit your application. Homeschool educators will need to document certification in states that require certification.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"Inanimate Alice" is an interactive, online narrative that "tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad." Alice's life spans ten episodes, where readers see her grow from a child into a twenty-something animator/designer with a games company.
According to the website:
Because the level of interactivity starts out low in episode one, increasing with each subsequent episode in order to reflect Alice's own growing abilities, we've found that we can take an audience unfamiliar with multimedia fiction with us. Educators like "Inanimate Alice" because of this; students from primary to post-graduate level find the work engaging.
...But how can teachers successfully integrate new media literacies into the classroom?
"Inanimate Alice" is easily assimilated into learning environments; its use of multimodality (images, sounds, text, interaction) enables students to see storytelling in a new, multi-sensory light. "Inanimate Alice" is a new media fiction that allows students to develop multiple literacies (literary, cinematic, artistic, etc.) in combination with the highly collaborative and participatory nature of the online environment.
Well, you already know that Teaching Graphic Novels embraces this multiple-literacies approach and encourages teaching both print-text and image literacies. So go meet Alice! Teachers can even request a free downloadable education pack to use with the stories in their classroom.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
"Our vision is to provide our community of users with a vast array of compelling tales from around the US and the world. From timeless tales, to contemporary thrillers to Biblical classics, to delightful children stories with lessons for us all, we’ve harnessed the talent of both professional and amateur authors, and the creative genius of artists and composers to offer a fresh, immersive, and engaging new way for people to enjoy stories."
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Read the official guidelines for making your own 24-Hour Comic.
Read my own effort, "A Day's Work," the first 24-hour comic [includes adult content].
A brief history of the 24-Hour Comic and its fallout, including the 24-Hour Plays, 24-Hour Comics Day and the original (i.e., out-of-date) index of finished comics.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Read more from Katie Monnin's new Diamond Bookshelf article by clicking here.
Nonfiction graphic novels, which have been on the rise with young adults for over eight years, can be used in both the English language arts (ELA) classroom and the social studies (SS) classroom. Perhaps even more importantly, nonfiction graphic novels will align to the standards (or themes) in both content areas.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
According to Foreword This Week,
UClick, a content distribution company owned by Andrews McMeel Universal, the parent company of Andrews McMeel Publishing and the Universal Press Syndicate, has developed iPhone apps that display comic books one panel at a time, the way they were first created. Each app costs $.99 and titles including Bone, Ghostbusters, We the Robots, and Basic Instructions are available.
But of course there's more than UClick out there. Check out these other iPhone apps for comics:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Growing up, I took my education for granted. In my wife's and my families, it was just expected that we would study hard and go to college or take some additional career training. After graduating from college and getting out into the work world, I discovered that wasn't the case for everyone. When I read the statistics about how many kids never even finish high school, it saddens me. It saddens me that everyone does not have parents who value education and expect and inspire their children to pursue knowledge not simply for grades, but for the betterment of themselves. Parents who, when they don't have the answers, care enough to find the resources to help their children grow and succeed. EVERYONE needs special tutors and mentors to help them be successful in life, no matter what their age. Ms. Rita is the fictional one I'm making for the kids.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Toon Books editor Françoise Mouly does an interview with KCRW and talks about the company's groundbreaking children's books. With their comic-book format, Toon Books are perfect for kids who are too old for picture books but too young or not ready for text-only stories. Here are the Toon Books available for purchase:
Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnes Rosenstiehl
Benny and Penny in Just Pretend by Geoffrey Hayes
Otto's Orange Day by Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch
Stinky by Eleanor Davis (a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book)
Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman
Mo and Jo: Fighting Together Forever by Dean Haspiel and Jay Lynch
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
BookShelf: You are in the process of completing a book about graphic novels and secondary ELA instruction. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Katie Monnin: I hope that readers will take away two primary ideas from Teaching Graphic Novels. First, I hope that they will come away with a better, more appreciative understanding for why we should value comics and graphic novels in the classroom. Second, I hope that they come away with some concrete reading strategies that they can actually take into their classrooms, some practical, teacher-friendly strategies that align to the standards and to their students’ interests.
Monday, June 8, 2009
[This already passed, but visit the website for info on next year's conference!]
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival 2009
June 6th & 7th
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is proud to announce MoCCA Festival 2009 will be held June 6th & 7th at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 25th Street in New York City.
The Village Voice calls the MoCCA Festival ""the best small-press nexus (anywhere!)" Now BIGGER than ever! An incredible weekend of comic and cartoon art exhibitors, panels, lectures, sketches, autographs, and more! Thousands come every summer to meet and purchase works from some of the world's best cartoonists, animators, and graphic novelists.
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets
June 6th and 7th, 11am-6pm
$10 per day
$15 per weekend
MoCCA Members: $10 per weekend
[This already passed, but visit the website for info on next year's conference!]
Media Conversations VI 2009 : An International Conference of Youth, Media, and Education
June 4 - 6 2009, NYC
Stop by and PARTICIPATE.
Media Literacy and Information Literacy - It's not just for breakfast anymore...
With consideration to Neil Postman's observation that 'children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see,' and Marshall McLuhan's reflection that 'the future isn't what it used to be,' we invite you to a FREE conference on media and information literacy taking place around NYC during the first week(end) of June, 2009. Space is limited.
For printing, posting, and further distribution, below you will find the conference poster in JPG format in a variety of sizes. Please distribute widely! :
Postercard : mediaconv_postcard
Flyer (2-up) : mediacon_flyer
8x11 : mediaconv_8x11
11x14 : mediaconv_11x14
Friday, June 5, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Graphic novels are an increasingly popular format for stories told in a range of genres. While learning to read graphic novels takes practice, their artistic and literary merit makes the effort more than worthwhile. In this month's episode of ReadWriteThink.org's Text Message podcast, host Jennifer Buehler offers An Introduction to Graphic Novels (M-S). Tune in to hear an introduction to the graphic novel form, including discussion of key works such as Maus and American Born Chinese. Then listen for specific recommendations of nine graphic novels, including fantasy epics, memoirs, biographies, and adventure thriller stories.
Interested in finding out more about graphic novels and their potential for enriching your students' literacy learning? These resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org provide a place to start.
Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom (G)
This article from the NCTE Council Chronicle offers an overview of the comic and graphic novel forms and suggests a wide range of applications in the classroom.
Graphic Novels in the Classroom (E-M)
In this Language Arts article, in what is one of the first-ever journal articles in graphic novel format, educator and author of American Born Chinese Gene Yang makes a case for using graphic novels in classrooms.
Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Genre Study (E)
The combination of the image and text (and relative brevity) of comic strips and comic books make them an excellent source of teaching material, as they explore language and meaning in a creative way. In this ReadWriteThink.org lesson, students will be examining the genre and subgenres of comics, their uses, and purposes.
Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares (M)
This ReadWriteThink.org lesson offers a new way to think about and respond to a work of literature. By creating comic strips or cartoon squares featuring characters in books, students are encouraged to think analytically about a work they've explored in ways that expand their critical thinking by focusing on the significant points of the book in a few short scenes.
Expanding Literacies through Graphic Novels (S)
This article from English Journal offers a rationale, based on the need for current students to learn multiple literacies, for the use of graphic novels in the high school English class. The author highlights several titles, suggests possible classroom strategies, and discusses some of the obstacles teachers may face in adding graphic novels to their curriculum.
Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran (S)
To prepare students for reading the graphic novel
Persepolis, this ReadWriteThink.org lesson uses a WebQuest to focus students' research efforts on finding reliable information about before and during the Islamic Revolution. In groups, students research and then present information on aspects of Iran such as politics, religion, and culture. Iran
Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel (M-S)
Each chapter of this book presents practical suggestions for the classroom as it pairs a graphic novel with a more traditional text or examines connections between multiple sources. The sample chapter includes teaching suggestions for pairing Spider-Man comics with Freak the Mighty and comments on teaching Maus I and Maus II.
Mapping Words and Images: Writing Graphic Novels with Adolescents (M-S)
Presenters in this on-demand archived Web seminar describe how they use the graphic novel to get their students writing authentic, personal, and creative texts. Participants learn about excellent practical and classroom-tested ideas for using the graphic novel format to get students writing in new and exciting ways.
Taking (and Teaching) the Shoah Personally (C)
Including discussion of Art Speigelman's Maus, this College English article describes the issues raised in a course on the Shoah that aimed to incorporate familial, historical, and rhetorical perspectives. The author is led to wonder whether the stories of those who underwent such experiences stand utterly outside critique and appropriation and may demand of us instead only that we never forget.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
is a community-wide two year project designed to introduce teens, parents, librarians and teachers to the exciting and extremely popular literary format of graphic novels. All sorts of fun and informative events will be held throughout Western New York including noted graphic novel author visits and graphic novel design workshops. Teens will be inspired to write their own stories in the graphic novel format and their pages will be included in a book to be published in 2009.In addition to events, graphic novel lists, and other tips for parents, teachers, and librarians, Get Graphic also offers free graphic novel kits for Buffalo/Erie classrooms with 30 copies of the graphic novel, a video, and support materials. Kits can be checked out for six weeks at a time and returned to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries. Click here to reserve a kit.
Truly a community project, partners include the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the Nioga Library System, UB Libraries, UB Department of Library and Information Studies, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo News Next Magazine, Erie I Boces School Library System, Hein Publishing, Buffalo Public Schools Library System and WBFO radio.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Katie Monnin provides the answer in the only resource to offer secondary ELA teachers classroom-based, standards-aligned strategies they can apply today: Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom.
Harness the power of graphic novels to promote literacy with standards-based strategies that engage secondary students! From navigating the text features in graphic novels to creating standards-based lessons on reading comprehension, fiction and non-fiction, written response, critical thinking, and media literacy, Teaching Graphic Novels shows you how to address print-text and image literacies while engaging readers like never before.
Complete with examples from graphic novels, professional resource suggestions, strategies that can be used with any graphic novel, and extra support for English-language learners, this flexible resource takes the guesswork out of teaching with graphic novels and builds in the fun.
For more information on Katie Monnin and her work with graphic novels and literacy, visit www.maupinhouse.com/monnin.php.
*Cover illustration by Chiggers author Hope Larson