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Two class comics in one semester? It’s true! Here is the 2014 Animal Behavior comic. I think it came out really well. In honor of the role that genetics and the environment plays on behavior, the students have entitled this anthology…

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Enjoy!

Yeesh, has it been 2 years since I put something on my blog? I will be better on sabbatical next semester.

Anyway, I am delighted to present “I See Comics 2014.” This is an anthology of comic stories created by my students in Comics and Culture. For those not in the know, Comiss and Culture is a general education course I teach my my friend Dave Hsiung. Dave handles most of the history of comics and I focus on the art side. The stories in this collection have gone through multiple written and visual drafts. The students never disappoint and always surprise me.

Click on the link below to download the pdf. It is about 23 MB but it is worth the allocated storage space.

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Announcing The Ultimate proximate Funnies, a colletction of student comics from my 2012 Animal Behavior class. These 44 pages are packed with tricksters and lovers, predators and prey, and an all-star cast of critters. You can download the full comic here.  I have included a few sample stories by Jennifer Robertson, Michael Dunkelberger, Nicole Marks and Gabrielle Cannon, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know what you’re going to say:”Jay Hosler is one of THOSE parents. Trying to mold his his kids in his own image.” I’m not, I swear. If I were my kids would be a writhing ball of neuroses desperately (and constantly) seeking the approval of others.  Trust me, those are not my kids. No, the following comic was completely Max’s idea. For his school writing project he had to incorporate an image to his explanation. He decided to do a mini-comic on ribozymes. I was obviously delighted because, hey, science comics! I can help with that! He did a terrific job. He wrote and revised the explanation a couple of times and then did the layout of the entire story himself, penciling and inking the whole piece himself. He is sooooo far ahead of where I was at his age.

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Boy, howdy, this made my day. Neil Gaiman recommended Clan Apis to one of his readers. Sweet! Here’s the link to prove that I am not completely delusional…

It’s spring so it must be time to draw the Reading Record for the Huntingdon County Library’s Summer Reading Program.  This year’s theme is “Dream Big.”

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On the first of April I submitted a piece to Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge. Apparently, when Alda was 11 he asked his teacher to explain a flame and received “it’s oxidation” as a rather unsatisfactory explanation. The Flame Challenge is a simple idea: have scientists explain what a flame is to an 11-year old. So, I thought “I’m a scientist. Kinda.” and then I thought “I explain science to kids with comics. Sorta.” So, I made the comic below. I just heard today that it wasn’t selected for the top 15. While it is sad to have my hopes extinguished, I really did enjoy the opportunity to think and write about a topic not normally in my wheelhouse. I am already thinking of ways to modify the story to turn it into the first few pages of a story on cellular respiration. So, it’s all good. I hope you enjoy it.

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Here’s a little ditty I did to remind folks that sequential SmArt is May 18th. Pass it around to any teachers and comic readers who might be interested! Conference info is at sequentialsmart.com

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Want to spend a few days in Huntingdon, PA hearing awesome talks about comics? Well, we have just the thing for you: Sequential SmArt is a conference on teaching with comics. Sounds perfect, right? Well then head on over to the conference website. It has information about registration, accommodations, the schedule of events and list of the talks.  Check it out! Here’s the link: Sequential SmArt

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Ka-pow! We suddenly had a lot of visitors today. What happened? It looks like most of the folks are going to see the photosynthesis story. Cool. Let me know what you think, folks!

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