This page is devoted to providing a growing database of resources for those interested in integrating comics into their classrooms. Please drop me a line with any suggestions you wish to share.

Comics in the Classroom
Abel and Madden’s Drawing Words Writing Pictures site – companion to their books for reading, teaching, and making comics
Jessica Abel’s “what is a graphic novel” – in comics form
Matt Madden’s History of Comics in Six Panels – clever and insightful
Maria Ahokoivu’s comics on teaching comics – from Dw-Wp site
Gene Yang interview on comics make kids & adults smarter – Big Think
Gene Yang discussion of comics and education – great resource for educators
Gene Yang’s Comics in Education – based on his masters thesis, terrific resource for educators
Interview w Gene Yang on Comics in Schools – TED-Ed
Gene Yang on censorship – comic for banned books week
Gene Yang interview on comics & STEM education – video from SmartyGirl Leadership
Jarod Rosello’s comic How to Move – on drawing in the classroom – in the Pank
Jarod Rosello – Embodied Poetics of Comics – in the Pank
Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith’s Power of Comics – companion site to their book of the same name
Katie Monnin’s Teaching Graphic Novels – blog connect to her book of the same title
Ryan Goble’s MCPOP Ning – comics in the classroom Huge gathering of teachers and creators sharing resources on comics and education
Canadian Website Comics in Education – resources for teaching visual narrative in K-12 classrooms
Exercise on translating comics page into text page – from
Graphic Novels & High School English (new url) – Great resource for teachers by Maureen Bakis (former url Graphic Novels and High School English)
James Bucky Carter’s Pedagogical paper on Teaching comics –
Teach/Read – Graphic Novel classroom notes – great resource for teaching by Anna Smith
Graphic Novels in the Classroom – resource post
Reading with Pictures – a nonprofit effort to promote comics in the classroom
Article on Josh Elder/Reading with pictures – on Edutopia
Tracy Edmunds’s Slides/Pdf on integrating comics into common core – on the Reading with Pictures site
A slideshow on comics in the classroom – by Sylvia’s English Online
An introduction to Teaching with Comics (PDF) – from University of Lethbridge
Comics in the Classroom – lesson plans, reviews, and more
Cartoon Classroom – UK comics/ed site
Flummery – lesson plans for teachers and cartooning tips
Teaching Comics – resource site for educators, by the National Association of Comics Art Educators
The Elements of Comics – comics writing site by prof Alexander Danner
SANE Journal – Sequential Art Narrative in Education
Pencil Panel Page – blog devotes to the study of comics
European Union Project – Educomics – literacy project and more
On teaching Shaun Tan’s the Arrival – Mary Catherine Miller
Using Graphic Novels in Education – teaching ‘Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong’ – from CBLDF
Comics and literacy conversation – with Jeff Smith (Bone)
Neill Cameron’s 5-part series on Comics & Literacy: Pt1, Pt2, Pt3, Pt4, Pt5 – from his blog (good reads)
Graphic Novel reading lesson – Hollis Margaret Rudiger
Humorous and importance post on how to read comics/combatting comics illiteracy – by Hannah Berry
Comic for kids on how to read comics – Sesame Street!
On using comics to help students with autism – we are teachers blog
Going low tech to teach literacies by Liz Losh – article on student organized comic con – at UC San Diego
Mini-site on comics in the classroom – courtesy U of Michigan’s Language Resource Center
On Using comics to teach transmedia – w/Tyler Weaver from connect the Pop
Interview with Tyler Weaver on Comics and Transmedia – by Henry Jenkins
Carol Tilley on educational importance of Comics – guest post on Connect the Pop
Carol Tilley’s TEDx talk on why kids need Comics – video
Carol Tilley Comics: a once-missed opportunity – on comics & participatory culture – from Journal of Research in Libraries & Young Adults
EdTech resource article on comics creation in the classroom – lots of links
Piece on Why Kids need comics – lots of resources by Louie Stowell
Article on creating effective teaching guides for graphic novels – by Peter Guiterrez on Diamond Bookshelf
Article on Building better Readers with Graphic Storytelling – Peter Guiterrez on Reading with Pictures
Article on Kevin Cheng using comics to convey big ideas at Companies – Tech Crunch
Article on teacher using comics in social studies classroom – PBS Newshour
Video interview with Keegan Lannon on how comics work – PhD Detours in Comics
Article by Leonard Rifas on the history and future of Educating with Comics – in AIGA
Article on How Comics became the hottest thing in libraries – by Heidi MacDonald on Publishers Weekly
Article on using Marvel comics in college classrooms to teach critical media – on the Conversation
Strategies for using comics in the classroom – from NCTE
Comics in the Classroom educator article – in the Comics Observer
A Case for Comics in the Classroom – in the Comics Observer
Toronto Teacher’s Approach to Using Comics in his Classroom – brief practical ideas
Article on using comics instead of textbooks w/lots of examples – from Huffington Post
Article on Changing Attitudes to Comics in the Classroom – by Glen Downey on Sequart
Discussion of Kids, Comics, and literacy at C2E2 – from Comic Book Resources
Article on Comics in the Classroom – from Chicago Tribune
Article on Maus entering Australian University for official study – AU World News 2013
Interview w/Rob Weiner & Carrye Kay Syma on their book Graphic Novels in the Classroom – from SciFi Pulse
Sarah McIntyre on getting kids to make comics – Comics adventures for kids of all ages – from the Telegraph UK
A not so positive article about comics in the classroom, comments are important…
2013 article justifying Comics in the Classroom – from Yakima Herald
On ways of using comics in the classroom for vocabulary – from Inspired Minds (UK)
Article on why study comics in the classroom – from UMass Media
Article on Dr Michael Bitz and the Comic Book Project – from Williamsport, PA
Article on Superhero comics created to help in a mathematics classroom – from Elkhart Truth
Article for library education – comic book guy in the classroom – PDF
Articles on comics in English as a Second Language classrooms – from Reading with Pictures
Article on using comics to increase classroom engagement – the Atlantic
Article exploring literary merits of graphic novels in classroom – The ALAN review (PDF)
Visual-verbal document on how comics work by kids – by Kendall Cub scouts (pdf)
Article by cartoonist Danica Novgorodoff on inspiration & interdisciplinary potential of comics – Huffington Post
Article by J. Stringer on Dyslexia & Comics – at
Story on Teachers using comics in their classroom – from NPR
2014 Article on Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom – from School Library Journal
Article on the importance of comics for young readers/visual literacy – Comics Alliance
Journal articles on Teaching with Comics – from the History Teacher
Teacher’s Guide for Lost in NYC – from Toon Graphics
Teacher’s Guide for Sea Change – from Toon Graphics
Two Teachers’ year of reading graphic novels & lessons & recs – blogpost
Teacher Tim Smyth on bringing comics into his classroom – PBS Newshour
Integrating Graphic Novels in Curriculum & Instruction article – Elizabeth Downey in American Library Association
Editorial on importance of using comics in classroom for Visual literacy – Publishers Weekly
David Greenfield blogpost Comix in the Classroom are cool – recommended texts and resources
Public Radio (North Carolina) Interview on the changing perception of comics and graphic Novels

Comics and the academy
The Comics Studies Society – for the promotion of the critical study of comics
List of academic comics journals – on comics research
Comics studies conferences and events – listing from Comics Studies Society
Storify from Comics Studies Conferences ICAF 2014 & Comics Forum (UK) by A. David Lewis
Educational Resource List – by Online Colleges quite Good
Karen Green’s Comic Adventures in Academia Columbia’s comic book librarian extraordinaire talks comics and academia every month
Interview with Comics Librarian Karen Green on comics/visual culture – on the Clyde Fitch Report
Interview with comics Librarian Karen Green – at Mixed Media
Paul Thomas’ Adventures with text – blog for comics in the classroom
Comics Studies at University of Florida – includes Comix Scholars Listserv and many more resources
Listing of various comics listservs – on the Comics Studies site
Comics Forum – UK site discussing the educational value of comics
The Comics Grid – journal of comics scholarship
The Comics Grid links page – journal of comics scholarship
The Comics Grid – Year One – collection of comics scholarship
Dr Mel Gibson’s resource page – (not that Mel) good academic/comics resources
Prof Robert Loss’s Literature in the Gutter blog – for Columbus College of Art/Design comics course
Image and Narrative – scholarly journal on comics out of Belgium
ImageText – scholarly comics journal
ImageText Comics and PostSecondary Pedagogy – Special Issue
The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics – formed in 2010
the Graphic Justice research alliance – comics and Law
Calendar of comics events and cfps – provided by Comix Scholars
Upcoming comics events and cfps – University of Southern Denmark’s list (international)
University of Florida’s Comics Studies Program – within UF’s English Program
Broadview Entertainment Arts University Bachelors of Fine Arts in Comics and Sequential Art – in Utah
Comics Research Bibliography – list of resources, dissertations organized by Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
The Bonn Online Bibliography for Comics Research – international bibliographic database for scholarly literature about comics, graphic novels, manga & related
A Comics research bibliography – by Mike Rhode
Website of the Comic book professor – Mark D. White
Comics Forum‘s Scholars directory – listing of comics scholars worldwide
California College for the Arts announces MFA in comics – in SF
International Bande Dessinée Society – site for conversation on French comics
Graphixia – a collaborative, scholarly comics blog
Reflections on the 100th issue of Graphixia
Essay Towards a philosophy of teaching comics – on Graphixia
Interview with Jessica Abel on the artist in the comics classroom – Matt Finch’s Books and Adventures site
Interview with Yen Yen Woo on DimSumWarriors, comics & Literacy – Matt Finch’s Books and Adventures site
Interview w/Nick Sousanis on comics and the classroom – Matt Finch’s Books and Adventures site
Pt1 of interview w/Steve Saville on publishing Comics in the classroom – Matt Finch’s Books and Adventures site
Pt2 of Interview w/Steve Saville on comics/creativity in the classroom – Matt Finch’s Books and Adventures site
Interview with Walter Biggins on Comics Studies by Jeet Heer at the Comics Journal
Abstract for presentation Back to the Drawing Board: exploring visual rhetoric through comic art – by Susan Kirtley, Portland State U
Web-chat on Graphile-Complexity and Graphic Novels in education – w/Stergios Botzakis, David Low, and more
Article on academics taking comics seriously – from the BBC
Alexander Chee 2014 article on Chast/Bechdel & taking comics seriously – Salon

Educational Comics Makers
Jorge Cham’s Piled High and Deeper – PhD comics
Jay Hosler’s Active Synapse Comics – Science comics
Jay Hosler’s Student-Made comics on animal behavior – from his comics-biology course
Interview with Newcastle Science Comic Team – on Teaching physics through comics – from the Beat
Ryan Claytor’s Elephant Eater Comics – comics teacher and maker
Matt Dembicki’s blogsite – DC comics maker
Andrew Wales’s Panel Discussions Art teacher and doctoral student Wales’ musing on education and life through comics
Nick Sousanis’s Spin Weave and Cut – philosophical essays in comics form
For teachers: Building trust in classrooms with comics – Guest post on Drawing Words/Writing Pictures
Presentation on communicating research in comics form – by Selina Lock of Coventry U Library
Article on Gareth Morris conducting research in comics form – in LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Stuart McMillen research/journalism in comics form – his site
Site for Damian Duffy’s academic comics work
John Miers’ comics site – UK comics maker/researcher
Rubaiat Habib’s partial comics dissertation – Singapore
Comic on what teachers make – by Taylor Mali/Zen Pencils
Yo Miss – A serialized graphic novel about life in the trenches of urban education by Lisa Wilde
Comics making workshop for kids – Neill Cameron’s blog

Institutions and Conventions
MoCCA Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – NYC
Toonseum – Pittsburgh’s comic museum
The Center for Cartoon Studies – Vermont comics school
The Sequential Artists Workshop – Florida school for developing new cartoonists
Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Festival – intimate and educational
The British Cartoon Museum – in London
NYC Comic Book Marketplace – convention
Comics and NYC Symposium at Columbia U (March 2012)
MoCCA-Fest – small press/comics expo in NYC, sponsored by MoCCA (Annual)
Space Convention – in Columbus, Ohio (Annual)
NYC’s FlameCon – LGBTQ comics con

Comics Library Collections
Michigan State University archives – impressively extensive, run by archivist Randy Scott
List of comics research libraries – provided by Michigan State University
Bowling Green State University’s Comics Library archive – housed in popular culture
Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University
Columbia University’s Butler Library Comics/Graphics Novel collection – curated by the supercool Karen Green
Article on the Columbia U collection – from the Wall St. Journal
Hal Foster at Syracuse University – Library Collection
First US “comic book” Ferdinand Flipper – at Dartmouth Library
List of Comics research library collections – at by Gene Kannenberg Jr.
Underground comix collection – at Iowa State
University of Nebraska’s collection of educational and government comics here and here – available online
U of Florida’s comics collection – archive

Comics definitions articles
Stergios Botzakis’s explanation what is a graphic novel – from Graphic Novel Resources
Scott McCloud talks Understanding Comics on 99 Percent Invisible
Scott McCloud’s TED Talk – from 2005
Audio podcast with Scott McCloud from UCSB 2013
Audio interview with Scott McCloud, comprehensive – Glassworks Magazine
Inventing comics – a look at McCloud’s definition of comics by Dylan Horrocks
Eddie Campbell’s Graphic Novel Manifesto – on distinction between comics/GNs
Glen Weldon on letting go of Graphic Novel as a term for comics – NPR
Derik Badman’s essay Panel & Pictures, defining comics as a “family” – from his blog
An academic article examining comics definitions by Aaron Meskin
Blog post exploring comics definitions by Patrick Holt
Roy T. Cook on the Paradox of the Comics Reading Experience – Hooded Utilitarian
Post examining whether comics should be defined – on pencil/panel/page
Essay exploring definitions of Sequential Narrative Art – by Salgood Sam
Noah Berlatsky – considering comics as a genre rather than medium – lots of conversation in the comments
Grawlix – symbols in comics
On Grawlixes and more – from FastCo Design
On the origin of the grawlix – from Slate
Comic – Onomatopoeia gone mad by Kurtzmann and Wood – from Bleeding Cool
Pascal Lefevre’s – more than 100 comics related words – in 8 languages! (awesome list)
Andrei Molotui’s list of terms for comics studies – on the comics forum
Andrei Molutui’s list of terms for comics studies illustrated! – super cool!
A Bibliography of Comics Studies – from Oxford Bibliographies

Comics and Multimodality
Liz Losh & Jonathan Alexander on Making Things Graphic as a form of interpretation – re: their book Understanding Rhetoric: A graphic guide to writing
Aaron Humphrey’s abstract for talk on What Can we learn from Educational comics? – at Comics & the Multimodal World conference
Aaron Kashtan’s text for his talk on multimodality – from Comics & the Multimodal World conference
Aaron Kashtan – teaching multimodal literacy with comics – DragonCon talk
Aaron Kashtan – reading comics physical vs. digitally – talk transcript
Review of Dale Jacobs’ Graphic Encounters: Comics & the sponsorship of multimodal literacy – by Aaron Humphrey on the comics Grid
Comics and multimodality – scholarly articles
Comics and Literacies – sequential art and literacy intersections
Damian Duffy on Comics and Multimodality – good information
Taylor Quimby on multimodality in comics – focus on speech balloons in Sandman
Damian Duffy on designing a multimodal learning environment – comics as foundation
Wiki page on Comics Studies – some good references to Multimodality
Julian Darius on Tensions between Text & Image in Comics – from Sequart
Collection – the Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life – on Media Commons
on Ben Day dots in comics – from Legion of Andy

Henry Jenkins & Scott McCloud discuss the future of comics – with video
Neil Cohn on the architecture of visual narrative comprehension – from Frontiers in Psychology
Interview with Neil Cohn – on his study of the grammar of comics – from the Guardian
Article by Neil Cohn – on breaking comics grammar to learn it – from Visual Linguist
Article on Neil Cohn on the Science of Comics – from
Video of Neil Cohn talking visual language – YouTube Fantom Comics
Neil Cohn’s discussion of Australian sand narratives – referencing Dr Jennifer Green’s book on the same – from his site
Bill Kartalopoulos on the importance of comics in internet age (nice bit on meta-bi-lingualism) – from HuffPo
Article on how a picture becomes an icon/McCloud Abu Ghraib – from Dirty Theory
Article on Multilingualism in American Born Chinese – by Philip Smith on the Comics Journal
How to read Nancy – wonderful analysis exercise by Karasik and Newgarden
2015 Interview (podcast/transcript) with Scott McCloud about The Sculptor – Dan Berry/Make It Then Tell Everybody
Interview with Scott McCloud by Comics historian Hillary Chute
A look at McCloud’s Understanding Comics 20 years later – at Ad Astra Comix
A Dazzling Lack of Respectability – comics and academic history article by David Huxley on Comics Forum
Comics Scholarship 2.0 – article by Ernesto Priego on Comics Forum
Supergods and Spirituality ComicCon Interview with Grant Morrison and the Chopras
Hooded Utilitarian’s survey of top 100 comics internationally – extensive survey, good place to find out about comics worth checking out
NYTimes article on comic book art as high art in books
Scott Marsden on tension between art and comics/words and pictures – from Graphixia
Gene Yuen Lang on Comics and Christianity – on the Jewish origins of each
Mindscape of Alan Moore – documentary film now online
Sprawling interview with Alan Moore & storytelling technique in Watchmen – the Mustard
Analyzing symmetry in Watchmen – Fure and Moulthrop – awesome analysis of Ch V of Watchmen…
Fure & Moulthrop Internet Companion to Watchmen – site
Symmetry in William Blake and Alan Moore – by Roger Whitson from Image-Text
Thinking on Alan Moore & the Fourth Dimension – by Mark Bernard & James Bucky Carter from Image-Text
Panel w/Karasik/Mazzucchelli/Auster/Spiegelman discussing City of Glass – at CAB
Coverage of Spiegelman’s performance piece “Wordless” – by Brian Cremins
Examination of Ben Katchor’s work & vanishing memory – on the Comics Grid
Interview w Robert Berry on Ulysses adaptation – “comics becomes the purest language for recounting memory” (on Broken Frontier)
Eric Berlatsky on 4D Time in Comics – at Hooded Utilitarian
Article on Art & Comics & Splash Pages – at Hooded Utilitarian
Study guide to Nao of Brown – at Good Ok Bad
Study guide to Asterios Polyp – at Good Ok Bad
Business profs using graphic Novels as Textbooks Article in the Oklahoma Daily
Interview with author of the Atlas Black – business education graphic novel
More on comics and economics – article with links to other resources
Will comics save Business Journalism? – article in PSK
Article on Graphic Novels for MBAs in Public Books
Ottomaniac’s Post on Moore and a New Tomorrow – blog article on Moore and Veitch’s amazing “four floors of fear”
Lynda Barry interview and profile of her writing workshops at the NYTimes
Lynda Barry interview on her creativity courses – 2013
Lynda Barry comic on 20 stages of reading – Washington Post
Lynda Barry’s Two Questions on creative process – from the Great Comic Book Heroes
Lynda Barry 2014 Interview on importance of making art – from Art News
Lynda Barry 2014 interview on drawing/education – the Guardian
Lynda Barry 2015 Interview on learning to draw like a kid – CBC
Interview with Gabrielle Bell on autobiographical comics & being an introvert – from Huffington Post
Interview with Chris Ware on Building Stories + thoughts on Common Core – from Salon 2014
Interview (excerpt) with Chris Ware – on process and creativity 2013
Panel depicted in comics form w/ Chris Ware, Seth, and Ivan Brunetti – by Gordon McAlpin
The Creative Process of Dan Clowes – UChicago Library
Comics Studies articles on Documentary Comics – University of Dundee Course
Interview with Brooke Gladstone on the Influencing Machine (and Part Two)
MLA 2012 comics sessions – includes panel on comics and picture books
Marc Clegg’s 1978 thesis on understanding comics – early work on comics and theory
Short essay on Reading Comics – by Dr. Chris Murray
Bank Street mini course on teaching with comics – by Ayers and Alexander-Tanner
U of Dundee Scotland Comics studies – Fun Home & Persepolis – discussed
Classroom notes on – Teaching and Learning from Persepolis – by Jeff Brackett
TED talk on visual narrative and teaching Persepolis – on
U of Dundee Scotland comics studies – Eddie Campbell – discussion of autobiography and metafiction
Eddie Campbell – essay on comics “The Literaries” – in The Comics Journal
Comics College article on Phoebe Gloeckner – Robot 6 Blog
Comics College article on Marjane Satrapi – on Robot 6 Blog
Comics College article on David B. – on Robot 6 Blog
Comics College article on Winsor McCay – on Robot 6 Blog
Comics College-Robot 6 – list of all articles
Noah Berlatsky on Postmodernism and Comics – from Hooded Utilitarian
Bart Beatty – interview on comics vs. art – on the comics grid
Interview with Paul Gravett on his book Comics Art – from Comics Bubble
Article on Paul Gravett’s UK exhibition Comics Unmasked – from the Guardian
Article on increasing connections between Comics & Fine Art worlds – from ArtNews
Series of articles devoted to the comics works of Neil Gaiman – on Image TexT
Secret Origin of the term Graphic Novel – predating Eisner’s usage
Peter Sanderson on 1986 the Year That Changed Comics Part 1 and Part Two – in Sequart
Julian Darius on Why Comics Have failed to Achieve respect since 1986 – in Sequart
The business of the strips – economics/comics historical essay by David Westbrook
Review of book Multicultural Comics by Orion Kidder
Review of Hannah Miodrog’s Comics and Language – by Neil Cohn
Pynchon’s comic book mythology – in Gravity’s Rainbow
Academic project on Creativity and Project Management – using comics
NYT Obituary of Anthony Horton – man who lived beneath NYC and co-author of graphic novel Pitch Black
Interview with Art Spiegelman on the BBC
2014 article on Françoise Mouly & Toon Books educational comics – in NYTimes
2013 Interview with Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly – National Post
2014 Interview with Francoise Mouly on Toon Books & education – Muth Magazine by Meg Lemke
2013 interview with Francoise Mouly on Toon Books/comics as literacy gateway – from Design Mom
Review of Art Spiegelman’s 2013 Retrospective at Jewish Museum – NYTimes
Review of Spiegelman’s Jewish Museum Retrospective “in the shadow of art spiegelman” – from Hyperallergic
Review by Alisa Solomon of Spiegelman’s Jewish Museum Retrospective – from The Nation
2013 Interview w/Art Spiegelman by Molly Crabapple –
Jeet Heer’s twitter essay – on Spiegelman, Maus as Detective Fiction – Art Matters blog
Alan Moore’s review of Arcade magazine – from RAW
Interview with Derf Backderf on Dahmer – in Young Adult Lit mag
Jack Kirby through Art History on Abstract Comics‘ site
Andrei Molotiu on Abstract comics and Geometry – on the Abstract Comics blog
Kirby and Collage – from Salon
Wally Wood’s 22 Panels that Always Work – via Oeming on Bleeding Cool
The Original Wally Wood’s 22 Panels that Always work – flickr
One more collection of Wood’s 22 Panels – on Bleeding Cool
Article on Ellipses (spatial temporal jump between panels) in Gilbert Hernandez’s Poison River – David Turgeon (references Harry Morgan)
Article on Book Lost Comics of the 1960s – in Mother Jones
Bill Griffith’s Zippy on comics attaining “legitimacy” – cartoon
Links from the 2012 U of Chicago comics and philosophy symposium – featuring 17 major comics folks
Interview with Barbara Postema on Silent Comics – from Ryerson University (CA)
Malwina Chabocra – Magic in the Gutter, reflections on comics – w/references to McCloud, Madden, etc
Greg Carpenter series in search of a Comics Canonparts One, Two, and Three – on Sequart
Michael Dooley article on cartoonists dealing with Censorship – in PrintMag
The censored comics of Mike Diana – from Lambiek Comiclopedia
Bob Mankoff on the link between cartoons and tweets – from the New Yorker
Article on Applied Cartooning Program at CCS – from the BBC
Cartoonists discussing Applied Cartooning – The Comics Journal