Philadelphia Organization Uses Comics to Help Immigrant Kids Face Their Fears

Philadelphia Organization Uses Comics to Help Immigrant Kids Face Their Fears

In today’s climate, children in immigrant families, documented or otherwise, are facing¬†increased fears that someone in their family may be detained or deported. It’s a stressful and scary thing for these kids to face. But never fear! One Philadelphia organization is using a unique tool to help these children deal with their fears; comic books. According to a recent story on NewsWorks, the online presence¬†of WHHY, the local group Mighty Writers is helping Philadelphia Latino…

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Image Expands Planned Parenthood Cover Initiative

Image Expands Planned Parenthood Cover Initiative

Last week Image Comics announced that several of its creator-owned titles will release variant covers in support of the besieged Planned Parenthood organization. Yesterday, the publisher expanded that initiative to include four more titles: Low, Moonshine, Magdalena, and She-Wolf. The move comes in the wake of a concerted effort by state and national GOP legislators moving to strip federal funding from the organization. On Thursday, the US House of Representatives voted 230-188 to rescind a…

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Narrative-Inspired Fans Serve Their Communities

Narrative-Inspired Fans Serve Their Communities

Tanya R. Cochran, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her interests include composition, rhetoric, narratology, fandom, gender studies, and the intersection of faith and learning. An editorial board member for Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association and its undergraduate partner Watcher Junior, she is also the president of the Whedon Studies Association (2012-2014) and one of its founders. Her publications include Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction…

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COMICS CLASSROOM: SuperMOOC2: Social Issues Through Comics Begins Today!

COMICS CLASSROOM: SuperMOOC2: Social Issues Through Comics Begins Today!

Today Capeless Crusader begins our continuing coverage of the new mass online course, Social Issues Through Comics. The first module deals with Addiction. I’m beginning my participation in the class by reading the two supplementary articles, which you can find below: “What Is Addiction?” “Addiction Is a Brain Disease, and It Matters” In addition, the folks at 13th Dimension have posted an excellent guest column by Denny O’Neill discussing his views on the topic of…

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COMICS CLASSROOM: Countdown To SuperMOOC2: Social Issues Through Comics

COMICS CLASSROOM: Countdown To SuperMOOC2: Social Issues Through Comics

In 2013, Christina Blanch shook the foundations of comics scholarship when she offered a free online course through Ball State University entitled Gender Through Comics. The course was wildly successful and the effects have been widespread. Participants, who ranged from newcomers to longtime comics fans to education professionals, all gained a new appreciation of the role that comics can play in the classroom, some for the first time. As a result of that resounding success,…

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