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.
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.
If you’re in the Denver area, might as well check out Comicfest 2010. Starting Friday and running through Sunday the event is taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn. You can find out more information at Starland.com.
I saw this t-shirt walking the streets of Denver during the Democratic National Convention. They were handed out during the brilliant Dark Knight promotion where they ran a fake campaign for Harvey Dent across the country.
The normal posts won’t be around for the next week as I’m heading to Denver for the Democratic National Convention and then to Seattle for the Penny Arcade Expo. However, expect some special posts covering my time at both events. We’ll be back September 1 with the normal posts.