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Introducing the Comic-Con Educational Series!

We are proud to announce the Comic-Con Educational Series. Check back the third Thursday of each month for a new slate of online panels focused on a wide variety of education topics. In the future we are also planning to provide curriculum resources for educators.

Since the founding of Comic-Con in 1970, one of our primary goals has been to support the education community and to promote the discovery of new ways to incorporate comics and pop culture into the classroom. While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things, it has not deterred us from our goal.

Teachers, academics, librarians, publishers, and researchers will be offering their views about how comic books can help educators tackle some of the challenges of modern education.

Comics for the Youngest Readers (K-2) •

Creators Jenni Holm (Babymouse, My First Comics), Andy Runton (Owly), Dan Santat (Harold and Hog Pretend for Real, The Cookie Fiasco), and Jeff Smith (Bone, Little Mouse Gets Ready) chat with Debbie Huey (Programming Specialist for San Mateo County Libraries and creator of Bumperboy), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels are Elementary!) about comics for K-2 readers. Find out why comics are a great medium for boosting literacy and practicing comprehension skills, and enjoy fascinating stories about the creation of these fantastic books.

The Complexities of Teaching Graphic Novels on College Campuses •

It's taken a while, but there's never been a time when graphic novels and comics have been so embraced by universities and colleges in formal classes, studies and even comic conventions. This panel provides an inside look at ground-breaking courses by the professionals and academics who are bringing Geek Culture to campuses nationwide (and beyond)! Join Paul Levitz (Columbia University), Rob Salkowitz (University of Washington), Frank Cammuso (Syracuse University) Darlyne Overbaugh (Ithaca College), Chris Irving (Virginia Commonwealth University), and moderator Ed Catto (Ithaca College).

Continuing John Lewis' "March": Comics to Teach Civic Awareness •

Panelist Meryl Jaffe, PhD (educational consultant/author, Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy), Talia Hurwich (doctoral candidate, NYU and author Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy), Andrew Aydin (author March, and Registered), Fred Van Lente (author Action Activists, Action Philosophers, Action Presidents) Ryan Dunlavey (author Action Activists, Action Philosophers, Action Presidents), Jenna Ryall (Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE), Brian Carlin (Senior Instructional Specialist, NYCDOE), and Yohuru Williams (founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas, author Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook discuss: the importance of March when teaching civics; how Senator John Lewis helped shape our world today—engaging so many in thought, in action, and in civil service; and  how we use March to teach civics in New York City classrooms.

Check back next month for a new slate of programs in the Comic-Con Educational Series!