• Letterers: Jill Gerber on the Unsung Heroes of Comics in the Classroom

    Letterers: Jill Gerber on the Unsung Heroes of Comics in the Classroom0

    When it comes to using comics in the classroom, letterers are truly the unsung heroes of the medium, according to educator Jill Gerber. In our earlier Comics Academe interview focusing on how the use of comics has evolved as a literary teaching tool, Gerber, an award-winning educator and consultant, explains that lettering is one of

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  • Comics Academe: The Evolution of Comics in Education Educators

    Comics Academe: The Evolution of Comics in Education Educators2

    To quote Jill Gerber, “In an increasingly image-driven culture, it is important that we purposefully incorporate visual literacy into our curriculum and equip our students, not only to be better consumers of information, but also for them to effectively communicate to a global community.” Gerber is an award-winning, published author and longtime educator. In this

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  • Before the Hulk was Green: Pop Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom

    Before the Hulk was Green: Pop Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom0

    (This article was adapted from a presentation given at the TYCA-Northeast Conference in Fall of 2012) What is this professor talking about? I teach at a community college, which means I teach a lot of introductory classes. I can assume I’ll be teaching several sections of Standard Freshman Composition every Fall, and Writing about Literature

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  • Comics and YA: How Shelving Creates Access

    Comics and YA: How Shelving Creates Access0

    I think that I’ve got a pretty great job. On any given day I could be helping a teen find a read-a-like for her favorite fantasy series, telling another teen that no they can’t eat buffalo wings at the public computers, doing a Harry Potter-inspired craft program, or reminding someone that not everything you read

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  • Comics Academe Roundtable: Teaching Bitch Planet

    Comics Academe Roundtable: Teaching Bitch Planet0

    Since the publication of the first issue of Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro in December of 2014, many people, inside and outside of academia, have pointed to the comic, the related backmatter and essays, and even the community that has formed around it–as embodied by the many tattoos of the

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  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)2

    June 2015. The run-up to my first conference abroad as an official comics scholar — and I don’t want to go. I’m panic-crying after reading a chain of emails which, on the face of it, have little to do with me. Short background: we were supposed to have a panel on Charlie Hebdo. A month before

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