Comics in the Classroom

One of my goals for the House of Fear Kickstarter campaign was to talk with a class of students about making comics. I also wanted to hand out copies of The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. to everyone in the class. Last week I did something even more exciting.

A friend of mine invited me to participate in Career Day at an elementary school in a neighboring town. How is that more exciting? Well, instead of just one class, I ended up talking to three separate groups! And I handed out nearly 80 comics!

I walked groups of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades through the process of creating a comic: from original idea to scripting, from sketches to inks, and colors to lettering. I also discussed the printing process. The kids were very engaged, and they were eager to know about every step. I could’ve talked with each group for twice as long and not lost their attention!

The kids were excited to share their interests, too. Some said they’d want to write, others said they’d want to draw or color. And a few said they’d want to do the entire process themselves. We also had a great discussion about the pros and cons of each approach.

I had a blast, too. Talking comics with kids and sharing something I love with students who are eager to learn is one of the great joys in life. I can’t wait to do it again.

Here’s to the future comic creators of the world!

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James Powell

James is a writer and editor living in Fort Collins, CO. If he's not writing, he's probably planning the props he'll use for next Halloween.