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Comic Book Classroom Literacy Program in Denver

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Using comic books for educational purposes seems to be gaining acceptance around the nation.  The latest program has been launched in Denver, Colorado.  Charlie LaGreca remembers learning to read through comic books and has put together a program to promote literacy and vocabulary among underserved students using comic books and graphic novels.

The Denver Post reports:

LaGreca and his team go into participating schools once a week for eight weeks teaching the basics of the craft — starting with the comic-book language like, “What is a thought balloon?” They teach story, structure, character and the natural rise and fall of plotlines — essential storytelling elements that can help students in other classes. By the end, all the kids invent their own original comic book.

LeGreca created Comic Book Classroom two years ago with Frank Romero, the former manager of retail operations for Mile High Comics; Christina Angel, who teaches a course at Metro State and Arapahoe Community College about comic books; and Illya Kowalchuk, who has a master’s degree in integrating creative arts into classrooms.

Meth and Comics Don’t Mix

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Aaron CastroFor a bit it seemed like we were reading quite a few “crime” reports where drug dealers were laundering money through high priced comic books.  Well, one meth dealer is looking at losing his 18,753 issue collection to the government.  He was just a comic fan it seems, with an expensive habit funded by an illegal business.

On Wednesday Federal prosecutors filed a U.S. District Court complaint seeking ownership of the comic book holdings of Aaron Castro, who is facing a May trial in Colorado on narcotics distribution and weapons charges. The comics are valued in excess of $500,000.

The complaint cites a story of an interview which describes Castro’s issues with spending money on comic books.  Lonna Gwin told the government, she’d meet Castro at a comic book shop where she’d hand him drug money at which point Castro would purchase boxes of comics.

Another dealer said he helped Castro organize his comic book collection which Castro bought with drug money.  All the “druggie” fanboys we knew usually smoked pot, not meth.  Kids these days.