Friday, April 30, 2010

SANE Journal Special Call!!! Manuscripts written by teachers and creators of comic books and graphic novels wanted!!!

The text for the call is found below.  All educators and graphic novel creators are encouraged to submit manuscripts!!!  :)  

Essays on Why Teachers Should Care About Graphic Novels:
Teaching IRA’s Emphasis on 
“Visualizing” and “Visually Representing”

Sometime between May and December of 2009, I contacted many of you about participating in a preconference institute at the 2010 IRA annual convention.  The purpose of the preconference institute was to address why teachers should care about and teach graphic novels in their classrooms.  Generated by an IRA policy statement that asks modern grade-level educators to teach students to “visualize” while reading and “visually represent” while writing, this preconference institute aimed to set new theoretical and practical precedents for using graphic novels in the classroom.

To my humbling-delight you replied positively and with enthusiasm.  You were going to join me in Chicago!  As our list of amazing speakers grew, I couldn’t help but feel as though we were quickly becoming one of the best and most talented groups of graphic novel experts ever to be assembled.  However, due to circumstances outside of our control, the preconference institute was cancelled.  It was easy to slip into a thought pattern that concluded that there might not be an audience that wanted to hear about teaching graphic novels in the ELA classroom.

I simply do not believe this to be true.  One of the only areas of the publication industry to experience growth during a national economic downfall was that of graphic novels.  Young adults were and are buying graphic novels.  For these young adults, and their teachers who may not understand the graphic novel format, we must carry on with our message.  Thus, the guiding questions for this special of the SANE journal are:

·   If you are a graphic novel creator you may want to closely consider these questions: “From a creators perspective, why should teachers care about graphic novels?  What about the creation of a graphic novel makes them a valid literary format (that can be both read and written)?”

·   If you are a scholar or educator you may want to consider these questions: From your area of expertise with graphic novels, why do you think teachers should care about graphic novels, and, once they do, how can they implement them into their language arts curriculum?  In other words, in what ways are you successfully using graphic novels to teach students to “visualize” while reading and “visually represent” while writing?”

Intended Audience (the top 3):
1.     Language Arts teachers
2.     Literacy scholars
3.     Language Arts curriculum decision-makers and stake-holders

Deadline for Manuscripts:
January 15, 2011

Submission Process:
When you submit your manuscript, please go online to
and register as a reviewer and as an author.  This will help in the review process.   

Thank you so much!  Katie 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Teaching Graphic Novels Radio Interview

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that tomorrow, April 29th, 2010 @ 2 pm I will do an interview on Jacksonville, FL Public Radio (channel 89.9 fm).

The topic: Teaching Graphic Novels.  :)

I will ask tomorrow if they will have a link to the interview.  If so, I will post it soon.

Take care everyone,

Monday, April 19, 2010

Josh Neufeld (graphic novelist behind the successful AD New Orleans) is the MAN!!! :)

If you do not know who Josh Neufeld is, you might want to do a quick Google search.  He is not only one of the most awesome and amazing contemporary graphic novelists, but also a beacon of light that shines beautifully on the comic and graphic novel world.  Check out his newest endeavor to spread the word about the value of reading comics and graphic novels during a new media age!!!  Mocking one of my favorite titles as a kid, "Go, Josh, Go!"


PS - And if you don't know Josh's wife you might want to Google her as well (Sari Wilson), for she provides a much-needed voice that, like myself, seeks to link the world of education to the world of comics and graphic novels.  Can you say "POWER COUPLE?"  I can!  :)  

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Barnes and Noble Signing!!! Jacksonville, FL

If anyone would like to join Dr. Stanley and myself at the San Jose Barnes & Noble, please feel free to stop by: April 14, 2010 from 5 -7 .

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Introduction to Manga Article on GNR!!!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.   Here are some updates on cool, awkward, and/or amazingly interesting stuff going on with comics and graphic novels in education!!! ... if that doesn't make you want to read on.......i don't know what else to write today!!! :)

1.  Recently, I wrote an introductory article for about manga.  

2.  I want to thank my good friend Dr. James Bucky Carter for summing up my exact feelings on the recent debacle with the International Reading Association.  The post I am referring to is dated March 31st.

3. recently interviewed Francoise Mouly about Toon Books: some good insight for teachers who may just want to try early reader comics in the classroom.

Hope everyone is enjoying this first week of April!  Katie