La Hermandad: Mirando el Futuro / Looking at the Future

Marek:

Children of coffee laborers at La Hermandad coffee plantation (San Ramon, Nicaragua) ask (and draw) the powerful question, “What do I want to be in the future?”

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Here’s another project we’ve been working on at La Hermandad Coffee Camp :

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Students are planning out their dreams for the future, and then

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Constitutional Comics (by Melissa McHugh)

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Something to think about…

Especially for all you teachers out there:

Intersection {(Hard Work),(Fun)} = [COMICS]

or,

(HARD WORK) + (FUN) = [COMICS]


Multiple Intelligences & Comics Education (Online + Printable)

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Here’s a printable version of “Multiple Intelligences & Comics Education” (from NECAC 2011):

Click to download PDF:
“Multiple Intelligences & Comics Education” by Marek Bennett (NECAC 2011)(6 pages, 8.5″x11″)

ALSO: Download full-size (11″x17″) versions of the two poster pages >>


NH Constitution: Article 83

Article 83 of the NH Constitution addresses literature & the arts in education (as well as corporations, trade, monopolies & other items).   This comics adaptation presents the first half of the article.  Please post it in your classroom, & share it with your friends & state legislators!
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See also: Full text of HB 39, which in 2011 attempted to REMOVE arts & other subjects from the required public school curriculum!)

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Downloads: ~ small JPG (online use) ~ large JPG (online or print use) ~ Fullsize PDF (print use)

NOTE: Permission is granted to distribute these comics for educational & advocacy purposes, as long as you maintain the copyright notice & credit Marek Bennett, with a link to www.marekbennett.com from any online use.

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Keene State College: Comics Camp Con 2008

We had a good crowd of family, friends, and fans at our second annual Keene State College “Kids On Campus” Comics Camp Mini-Comics Convention.  (That’s KSC-KOC-CCMCC for short!)

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GraniteCon 2008: A New Hope in the Heart of the Empire

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Whoa… I “tabled” today at the GraniteCon 2008 in Manchester!  This was the first convention I’ve ever been to where the doors were guarded by actual Imperial Stormtroopers (in full battle gear)!  Undaunted, the Comics Workshop table helped convention visitors, fans, parents, and artists alike to cover the walls (and doors) of the convention center with original, collaborative comics… and in the process, maybe we even took a few more steps toward the dream of Galactic Peace. Read the rest of this entry »


How Should I Teach?

Daniel F. sent some great “teaching comics” questions in an email:

Hi Marek!!!!

It’s Dan. I’m going to write you a letter, but I needed your
advice QUICK so i’m sending this e-mail!!

I started a cartooning class for homeschoolers, and i need some
advice…….

1. How should I teach? Is there a certain way that kids like to learn? I have prepared a Lesson on Basic Shape Drawing, Perspective and Color.

2. How should I shape my class? Any suggestions?

3. I thought the pamphlet you sent me had great info.  Do you have any others? Could I buy a few? Is it all right to use them to teach my class .

Maybe sometime you can come in to my class, maybe?

 

– Dan F.

Well, Daniel, this is quite exciting — the fact that you’re starting your own class and asking these questions is a great sign. (We should note that Daniel is in fourth grade!) I’ll try to answer your questions with an example lesson from today’s Wednesday afternoon Comics Workshop at ArtWorks of Keene.

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How to Create Comics (Mini-Comic)

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Sample Program: Autobiographical Comics

“Our lives… in comics!”

(Example: Comics Workshop: NH National Guard )

Description:
Turn your life into an eye-catching comic book!  From the earliest days of comics to today’s hottest graphic novels, cartoonists have always drawn from their own personal experiences in the world.  Now you can bring the characters, settings, and situations of your own life into your comics, and use the power of cartoons to tell stories about your life!  Each participant creates a mini-comic over the course of this program. 

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