Posts tagged comics
Posts tagged comics
Ohh. If only I had access to a computer lab or computers for kids to use in my room. They would love this!
Students choose layouts, graphics, and write their own stories — then they can print it out. I would add some of these to my classroom library!
The kids back at my middle school program last year LOVED this. It worked beautifully.
If you can’t do this digitally, it takes a bit of work, but you can show them how to make collage and copy-comics. Cut out word balloons (or find those word balloon stickers for photos) and print out a few pages of sprites or stock photos with people or creatures in different poses or expressions. Students can draw their own characters or backgrounds, too — or you could even have them use stick figures.
You can also photocopy comics with the word balloons whited out — I know quite a few ELL teachers who do this abroad. Then, students write in their own dialogue for what they think is going on.
It isn’t ideal, and in some cases either limits creativity or makes choice too much work for what some students want to undertake. But it works with the right circumstances if computers aren’t available.
Would you want black and white or color?
And more importantly, would you want it laid out in the grid like Tumblr had it, straight across horizontally, or straight down vertically?
Also, would anyone be interested in having it as a little printed booklet to keep in their desk, quarter-page size?
“For Teachers When They Feel Like Giving Up”
This whole thing was spurred by an absolutely beautiful post by PositivelyPersistentTeach about her first grade teacher, a supportive letter to the #education community when a lot of people were having hard times. So if you like this, you should definitely go read that, because it made me realize with renewed hope that working with kids is what I want to do.
(I don’t know why, but not all of the pages seem to be showing up; if that keeps happening drop me a message in my ask and I’ll see what I can do about it.)
I may make this a (small) copybook that can be purchased at MoCCA.
So here’s the thing…when I made this I was so nervous about how it might be received that I put it on my personal/art blog, thinking that maybe the few teachers who watch me there might give it a nod or a no and then I would figure out what to do from there.
And then this happened.
So. Um. If people are interested, I’ll be making this into a copy book, which I’ll see if I can make available here — I might have to do it through the studio site for the sake of organization and things, I might have to charge like, a dollar, to cover printing costs and whatnot, sorry, sorry, I wish I could do it for free but I’m just making all my financial necessaries right now — and it was suggested that it be a poster, so if anyone wants that I can figure that out…
I’m a bit overwhelmed here.
Just so you know…I cried when I wrote it, partly from sheer relief. I cried a little when I reread it for editing. And I’m so glad that it touched other people in the way I hoped it might, because what I really wanted was to give other people who sometimes feel that way so many of us were feeling a little bit of hope, a little push back up. I’m really so glad that it did that for some people. Thank you.
We started doing character profiles. For every half an hour that they work on the week’s challenge — this one being creating characters — during homework time, they get a piece of currency that lets them into a prize closet.
So far nearly all the kids who started have gone far beyond homework time and currency, and have started forming stories with other kids, and it’s all tying into one great big universe, and that’s what we hoped would happen. Bwahahaha. Subversive education.
I poked my head downstairs to ask an older student, who’d been all for the activity until we actually started it and decided it was “too much work,” what kind of character I should make. She said snidely, “One that explains you.” She thought she was insulting me. But I am becoming fairly immune to her insults in particular.
Instead I went upstairs and designed a character that “explain[ed] me.” She’s an alien from a planet where good words create a good atmosphere — literally, things like sunshine and fresh air and flowers — and negative words make nasty little clouds that block out the sun. She comes to earth and assumes the name Rainbow Jones. She is, of course, a superhero: some kind of ridiculous combination of Sailor Moon, Wonder Woman, Rainbow Brite, and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl.
Apparently she caught on. Now three different students — and the other staff member, thanks boss! — have fashioned characters who are villains, including, to date, an evil cheerleader and her two sidekick prankster siblings. The collaboration came completely organically, after other attempts at producing a collaborative work failed. Everyone just wants to beat all the sunshine out of Rainbow Jones, though with affection.
Now they’re talking about how cool it would be to play it out like a LARP, though they don’t realize it’s a LARP that they’re talking about. So I’ve made the costume as dress-up-able as possible. On top of that, I’m putting together a little comic for them to add on to, whether that be in the form of writing, drawing, or inking (I am so excited, they’re learning about art pen widths, pencil sharpness, and building figures out of shapes) that we hope to sell at the few cons I’m hitting this season, specifically to raise money for the program.
It’s ridiculous. And I promise you all that the Adventures of Rainbow Jones will at some point be posted, whether here or on an offshoot blog, depending on how much we churn out.
MY LITTLE FANDOM: CENSORSHIP IS MAGIC
Comic about something that was weighing heavily on my mind recently
This comic is brilliant.
At the end of the day, it’s still a kid’s show, folks.
Keep this in mind, everypony!
Yeah, this is something I wish artists/writer of adult pony material would realize.
Very important. I believe in freedom of speech and all that, but we gotta remember that the target market should be respected too.
Reblogging on the education end because it’s something that those who are not in these circles — whose students use the internet and happen to like things with strong adult fanbases — might want to know exists.
This isn’t meant to be alarmist. Not every member of every fandom is like this, but every fandom has a few.
For the second year in a row, I had the honour of creating the poster for the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.
Awarded by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, the scholarship gives $5000 to a promising student cartoonist every year. The scholarship is open to any student in the US, Canada and Mexico, and you do not need to be an art student.
More information is available at the NCSF website, and I encourage all students with cartooning in their blood to apply.
You can see the poster I did for last year’s scholarship.
EDIT: Here’s a high-res printable PDF of this year’s poster if you want to print it out for your school or comic shop.
I took cards back to the after school program with me from New York Comic Con advertising this scholarship. My students were too young for it, but they were amazed that something they loved to do in their spare time (that some of them were made fun of for on occasion) could earn them scholarship money.
Show this to your students. You never know who might secretly be making comics about your class in the backs of their notebooks during study period. And even if they’re not in the right age group to earn a scholarship, it will give a whole new validation (and maybe help their motivation) to a worthwhile hobby.
S is one of my middle schoolers. He has a learning disorder that, among other things, seems to inhibit his handwriting. He can manage a few words here and there, but for sentences it seems he just trails off, possibly because these are drafts we’re working on. His recall, however, is amazing, and his creativity endless.
Initially, it was hard to tell what was the average uncertainty of creating something new and which inconsistencies were something I could help him with — he frequently forgot the villain’s name, for example, and if he forgot to number his pages and I didn’t catch it, it might be a toss-up in the beginning as to whether we’d be able to piece the drafts back together. I know nothing about these students when I start working with them, have no access to IEPs or the teachers that work with them every day, and aside from asking what’s difficult for them I’m never quite sure how to approach the issue (which, one student showed by letting me read to him for twenty minutes, is not always the way to go either).
S was straightforward — he told me that the hand-writing component might be difficult. I suggested he draw right from the beginning for the drafts. He was also not particularly confident in his skills as an artist. Confidence was a weakness for him in general, and so, to some degree, was trying something he felt he might not be good in, or that required “too much work.” But it was soon very apparent that storytelling wasn’t. Every week he has new episodes to recount for me, with details he constructs on the spot.
These aren’t fleeting. They’re recalled week after week, in sequence, and now he’s put together a whole season in his head.
With a little bit of nudging toward trying to at least make a sketch for himself, he gave a reluctant try. The issue was just getting it into a final copy that he could enjoy making and that others could read.
Enter toondo. After one session walking through the tools together, he knows how to use it better than me. Now, between final pages, he stops and exclaims that he’s going to draft the next page, grabs a piece of paper, and pencils four at a time. He declared last week that he’s going to talk to the principal about leaving copies of each issue in the library for students to read so that he can become famous.
It’s just a great example of what students can create when they have the right tools. (And when this is turned into a Saturday morning cartoon, you’d better believe I’ll be ready with these drafts and a felt-tipped pen for his signature.)
And the idea of the online comic generator? Saw it on tumblr. This is a good thing for education.
Tomorrow I’m asking my students if they mind my posting their comic scripts. Because they are just too awesome at any level the students are at, and I am so proud of and excited about their work.