“Comic Book Literacy” To Screen At The Phoenix Comicon Film Festival

Official Press Release

Documentary feature film showcases the utilization of comic books to promote literacy and education

PHOENIX, AZ – After a successful premiere at C2E2 – The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, the independent documentary feature film “Comic Book Literacy” will have its next screening Friday May 28th at 10:30 A.M. at the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.

As a part of the 10th annual Phoenix Comicon, the film festival is a showcase for sci-fi, thriller, horror, animation and pop culture documentary films.  “Comic Book Literacy” joins the line up representing the various positive aspects of the comic book medium.

The film chronicles the origins of the negative stereotypes often associated with comics and segues into the modern uses of comics in classrooms and libraries.  The film features appearances by comic book writers and artists such as Paul Dini, Scott McCloud, Terry Moore, Joe Quesada, Jim Salicrup, Gail Simone and Art Spigeleman as well as historians and scholars who discuss the role comics play in education in both an historical and contemporary context.

“The Phoenix Comicon is known as ‘the signature pop-culture event of the southwest’ so I feel very fortunate to be able to screen the film there,” said the film’s director Todd Kent, “I think the convention’s audience will be very receptive to the messages in the film.”

In addition to C2E2 and the Phoenix Comicon, there are plans to screen the film throughout 2010 & 2011 at film festivals, comic book conventions and other events.  Kent said, “Our goal is to change the negative preconceptions that many people have of comic books and to have the medium incorporated in classrooms and libraries everywhere.”

For more information about the film, upcoming screenings, and updates go to: www.ComicBookLiteracy.com