So, you’re thinking to teach an after-school comics program, try your hand with teaching comics within your class, any kind of setting. I put together some links and notes that might be helpful.
(This is in progress – I created this for a former student of mine who reached out for advice, and this is what i sent him quickly…)
Everything I do in my classes is accessible from this page: spinweaveandcut.com/education-home/. My education links page should prove useful for arguing why you should be doing this, as will some other pages. Definitely check out the Comic Book Project – comicbookproject.org.
Some books on comics I’d recommend:
- Matt Madden & Jessica Abel’s Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, and Mastering Comics, also Matt Madden 99 Ways to Tell a Story
- Scott McCloud Understanding Comics & Making Comics. Maybe Will Eisner Comics & Sequential Art
- Lynda Barry’s Syllabus, Making Comics, and Picture This, and Ivan Brunett’s Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice
- For working with younger kids Jess Smart Smiley’s Let’s Make Comics, Ivan Brunetti/Toon Books Comics: Easy as ABC, Usborne Write & Draw Your Own Comics
Non-Comics books that I draw on heavily in my teaching and workshops
- Molly Bang “Picture This” (indispensable for educators)
- Rudolph Arnheim “Visual Thinking,” “Art and Visual Perception”
- Mike Rohde “Sketchnote Handbook”
- Lakoff & Johnson “Metaphors We Live By,” “Philosophy in the Flesh”
Field testing some comics making texts w my sidekick, seeing what I can incorporate into my classes as my daughter schools me on cartooning. Good stuff in each, we have lots of exploring left to do! by @jess_smiley @ToonBooks @Louiestowell & co pic.twitter.com/iobusClzzU
— Nick Sousanis (@Nsousanis) August 23, 2020
Some resources on teaching with comics from American English