Tag: History

History Courses should use Graphic Novels as their “required” Textbooks

History is a fascinating and interesting topic. Students learn about the developments of their own countries, the cultures that have come about, the inventions that we see today, the understanding of our civilizations, and the wars that seem to never end. While history can teach us all of that and more, there are a few limitations. History is taught differently… Read more →

Hark, A Vagrant: A Gateway to History and the Literary Canon

Many people do not enjoy reading history or literature. The web comic Hark, A Vagrant by Kate Beaton, however,  includes hundreds of comic strips, pages, and drawings featuring historical and literary figures. The website that houses the comics allows a visitor to choose comics by category, or the visitor can choose to view comics at random. This is an interesting feature because,… Read more →

The U.S. Constitution: A Graphic Novel

I, like many American high schoolers, took AP U.S. Government. I don’t know about people at other high schools, but our required summer reading was the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Have you ever tried to actually read the Constitution? If you haven’t and you want to, you can do so here but it’s pretty dry stuff.… Read more →

Osamu Tezuka: Walt Disney on the Other Side of the World

While reading through Scott Mcloud’s second chapter, “The Vocabulary of Comics” in his work, Understanding Comics, I came across an interesting parallel Scott made between early Disney cartoons and Japanese “cartoons” from the same time period. Mcloud tells us that while we got Mickey Mouse here in the western world, the eastern world experienced the birth of a popular modern… Read more →