Saturday, October 10, 2009


By Tracy Edmunds
Staff Writer

Advocates for comics in education are about to get some great support from the world of independent film. A documentary about using comics in education is currently in production by independent filmmaker Todd Kent. Why a documentary about comics in education?

“Comics are a diverse, misunderstood medium that, for too long, have been the dirty little secret of the literary world. From the immigrant who learns English by reading Superman comics to the child who develops a love of literature from the X-Men, comics have kept America reading for decades with fantastic tales, well structured stories and amazing fantasies.”

The film features interviews with a host of comic creators and publishers including Paul Dini, Scott McCloud, Terry Moore, Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, Gail Simone, and Joe Quesada. No release date has been scheduled yet, but Kent plans to submit the film to festivals and comic book conventions in 2010.

You can view the trailer for the film on the Comic Book Literacy YouTube Channel. The YouTube channel also features a video of kindergarten teacher Khindra Kent speaking about using comics in early childhood education. This short presentation is a great resource for teachers wanting to use comics with very young children.

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