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Resources for Educators & Librarians
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comic book medium. In pursuit of that mission, the CBLDF also does a lot to promote comics as literacy and educational tools. Its website is loaded with good stuff, including these helpful resources:
The Center for Cartoon Studies maintains archived teaching content from its own teachers and the National Association of Comics Art Educators, with a wide variety of exercises, lesson plans, handouts, reading lists, and much more!
Scholastic, which publishes graphic novels for kids under its Graphix imprint, offers a “Guide to Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens” that includes recommended reading and many links. Other publishers, such as Papercutz, also have educator resources related to their books.
Cartoonist and teacher Jeff Sharp has kindly shared his simple cartooning lessons, class assignments, and templates online. Jeff participated in the Maryland State Department of Education’s Comic Book Initiative.
The scholarly study and preservation of comic books is a burgeoning field. Here are just a few places to start:
The Comics Studies Society, formed in 2014 as “the US’s first learned society and professional association for comics researchers and teachers.”
Columbia University also has world-class archives, managed by the indefatigable Karen Green.
NYU Libraries maintains archives and links to many other resources.
The University of Florida has a Comics Studies program and conference.
The Comic Arts Conference presents scholarly panels at San Diego Comic-Con International and other conventions.
The Comic Book Project, a “literacy initiative that engages young people in the process of planning, writing, designing, and publishing original comic books,” offers paid curriculum kits and workshops. The program began in New York City, was incubated by Columbia University’s Teachers College, and has since expanded internationally.