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February 27, 2012 | 04:56pm
Mood: nervous

Not only will I be teaching 4th grade Science and Health...

I will be teaching a class on Comic Books.


Oh my god I know nothing about anything I'm teaching. My students will be screwed for life and it will be all my fault.

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LadyEquinox

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from: ladyequinox
date: February 27, 2012 01:21pm (UTC)
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A class on comics? That's AWESOME!!!!!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: February 27, 2012 11:09pm (UTC)
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As my mom reminded me: "Remember that time I bought a box of comic books from a garage sale and you never read them?"

I will need to pick your brain ASAP.

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Bedlam boys are bonny

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from: mad_maudlin
date: February 27, 2012 05:02pm (UTC)
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Did you ever take a class with Thomas Stewart at Truman? He taught a class on comic books--he's somewhere in Kentucky now but you could try dropping him an email.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: February 27, 2012 11:11pm (UTC)
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That's a really good idea. I haven't taken any classes from him but I recall seeing the syllabus at some point... I think a number of graphic novels would probably be inappropriate for 10 year olds, but I will see if he would be willing to give any suggestions. Thanks!

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antigone_k

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from: antigone_k
date: March 1, 2012 06:34am (UTC)
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I've been reading comics since I was a kid. I used to self-publish one, in fact. I even have a draft for a paper on aesthetics and comic books that I need to finish. I also have one friend that has worked in a comic book store for about a decade, and know a guy that only wants to talk if it's about comic books (well, that and Godzilla). My brother also used to run an anime store. What do you need to cover?

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 1, 2012 11:51am (UTC)
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The class is very open-ended... I can cover whatever I want. I think what I'd like to do is cover different styles of comics by giving them examples and then having them make their own, and at the end of the semester (or year; I'm not sure if it's a semester or year course yet) have them make their big opus in whatever style they want.

Really, what I need to know are:
a) what are some different styles of animation/comics?
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b) what are some examples of these comics that would be appropriate for 10 year olds (boys or girls)?

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antigone_k

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from: antigone_k
date: March 5, 2012 11:48pm (UTC)
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Let's see, there's anime, of course, and your superhero fare. There's also your horror comics. There are also a lot of just character stories in the indie circuit. Just slice of life stuff. You used to see comics featuring up and coming women writers whose work often fell under this description. Then, you get stuff like Strangers in Paradise that are real character stories but with a strong action/suspense component.</p>

In terms of kid stuff, as a kid I was really drawn to a lot of supernatural stuff, like the X-Men spin off miniseries, "Magik" about a small girl kidnapped to hell to become a sorceress, I was also heavily into the comic, Elfquest. In terms of anime, I was addicted to the Japanimation cartoon, Robotech (Macross). I didn't necessarily like kids comics per se even as a kid so I'm not much help there. (In fact, my vocabulary was better than most other kids my age, but this was due at least as much to comic books as it was to my parents being English teachers.) I can ask some of my friends/family members who read comics and also have kids if you like, they might know.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 6, 2012 06:26am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for this! This is incredibly useful. This being Korea, today I was asked to teach a Russian class instead of Comic Books, haha. Fortunately I didn't prepare too much for the Comics class. All this thinking about comics is interesting me though... I'm going to see if I can get a hold of a few comics... somehow.... :/
Thank you!

Just to sate my own curiosity: are there any comics that feature gay characters (a bit of a long shot, I know)? Alternatively, comics with a fantasy setting (taking place in this world + magic would be ideal)? I dislike most action/bloody types of comics... I think the slide of life character stories would also be good, if you have any favorites. I'm open to anything really, except superhero stuff... ehh.

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antigone_k

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from: antigone_k
date: March 6, 2012 06:41am (UTC)
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Let's see...I'm trying to think about gay male characters specifically. I know there are some, but I'm drawing a blank. I know Strangers in Paradise (which I read for years, but lapsed when I got busy and didn't have a lot of good comic book stores around) featured a main character who was a lesbian and there was a considerable amount of development around her feelings/friendship with her best friend/roommate. The roommate/friend was heterosexual but became conflicted and so there was a lot of wrangling with her sexuality through the course of the story.

Neil Gaiman's series Sandman is a must. It is very surrealistic and archetypal in many ways. It centers around these seven figures (The Endless) that were human embodiments of various universal concepts (Dream, Death, Despair, Delirium, Desire, etc). The main character is Dream and so there's a lot of stuff going on in this world that he's somehow an integral part, and a bit of a fantasy theme. Very interesting, very abstract stuff in many ways.

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