Sunday, July 6, 2008


What to say, what to say?

The Graphic Classroom is presenting at DefCon 7, the comics, anime, video game, sci-fi, fantasy, rpg game convention. We’ve been thinking about the audience and toying around with what, exactly, to present. There may be teachers there, as the local community college is also involved, but the majority of the audience will be writers, illustrators, publishers, and typical con-goers.

Then it hit us. Why not ask the intended audience what they want. Novel idea, isn’t it? What kinds of information would you most like to hear us present? Email us or drop notes in the comments section. If you are going to DefCon, please drop us a line. We would love to meet our readers in person. Here are some of the ideas we considering (feel free to suggest topics):

  • The need for kid’s comics in and out of school
  • The importance of deep, powerful story lines for kids
  • Would you like to hear from some kids, themselves?
  • What writers & illustrators need to consider when creating comics for schools
  • What research suggests about comics and reading motivation

DefCon 7
August 1-3
Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, OK
Open 24 hours
70,000 square feet of con goodness

DefCon 7 Webiste

DefCon 7 on MySpace


Anonymous said...

I'm not going to be at the Con but can I shout loudly "yes!!" to everything you mentioned. If you post it here too.

I have just started working on a comic with Gerard Jones (Green Lantern, Men of Tomorrow) that is to teach about privacy issues, it's grant based so we can do it on the web for awhile figure out what is or isn't working and eventually produce a graphic novel from the work that will be distributed in California.

So everything your talking about is of interest to me as an artist, targeting schools and teachers.

And if you know of teachers/students that would like to be beta testers/reviewers please send them to me.

admin said...


Thanks for the feedback. I need to know how I can help. And yes, I should/can/will post about the issues I discuss at the conference.


Anonymous said...

I think it would be valuable to have some clear examples of how teachers use graphic novels within the curriculum. I suppose there are many would think, Comics are for kids, and not see the value in some of the amazing books now being published.
Also, it would be interesting to examine how different cultures are impacting the work of graphic novels (Japan, etc) and how a teacher might use that as a way to talk about art and history and narrative form.
Good luck with the conference.