Tag: graphic novels

Keeping the Flame Alive: Avatar’s Graphic Novel Series

From 2005 to 2008, one show was dominate in the cartoon world. Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender was a huge commercial success and critically acclaimed children’s show winning multiple awards and gaining a huge following as the show progressed. It was praised for it’s deep themes, intense action, and beautiful hand drawn artwork that far exceeded most children and adult… Read more →

Campaigns Within Graphic Novels

Like every week, I sit in my room and contemplate “what can I bring to the table in regards to discussion about graphic novels.” Most of the time I’m stumped, but this week I was scanning my room for inspiration and my eyes caught my textbook “Political Communication Campaigns.” It got me thinking! Outside of political cartoons, are comics used… Read more →

Graphic Novels and Children

For the purpose of our course we analysis graphic novels whose target audience, so far, has been clearly for an older audience. However, graphic novels are increasingly finding a multiplying space in young children’s literature, as well as all levels of youth literature.   Picture books have always been a staple for children’s literature, for the very obvious reasons. The… Read more →

Secondary Education: A Medium for Visual Learners

I recently did a project, in a secondary education class, on UDL (Universal Design for Learning), which is a method of creating opportunity for all different kinds of learners to be engaged and thrive in the classroom. The project involved identifying examples of the nine principles listed in the design. The second one is “Provide options for language, mathematical expression,… Read more →

Snapping the Undertone of “Graphic Novels”

I recently switched my major from a hard science to Communications and Digital Studies. Now into my junior year, I’m a little tight on time in terms of completing my new found major. While registering for classes, ENGL 386: The Graphic Novel popped onto my radar as a class that seemed 1) interesting and 2) a major elective. I enrolled. … Read more →

Comics or Just Pictures

What it is by Lynda Barry. Quite honestly, what is it? I’m not asking about the message of the novel or the themes or even the symbolism of the novel. Really, I’m just trying to figure out if this novel belongs in our Graphic Novels class, section Comics. It is a graphic novel, there is a mildy creepy story and… Read more →

Interactive Comics

One of the greatest ideas that has been presented in comics is the crossover.  Throughout the comic universes we have seen cross overs where two super heroes from different companies team up, comics crossing over to the big screen, and into the video game industry.  The video game crossover is a truly unique crossovers experience; most games based off of… Read more →

Debunking Comics: Graphic Novels within the Classroom

We just finished reading A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel in class, and some interesting questions were brought up. What role do comic books have in relationship to children? Can they be educational? And how are they supposed to help students become better readers? Well, these questions are actually being asked by plenty of educators, and – fear not… Read more →