Making Curriculum Pop

Over the last year there have been A LOT of forum posts where people ask about where to start if one is interested in teaching with graphic novels. To avoid posting the same question repeatedly, here is a collection of "where do I start?" type questions that can help you get started.

QUESTION: Summer Middle School graphic Novel Course

QUESTION: Sites, Reviews and Idea's for Graphic Novels and Manga ti...

QUESTION: Suggestions for a Lecture to Pre-service teachers on Teac...

QUESTION: Multicultural Memoir Ideas

QUESTION: Upper Elementary/Middle School Graphic Novel

QUESTION: Graphic Novels for 9th Grade Lit?

QUESTION: Just starting with Graphic Novels?

QUESTION: Graphic Novel suggestions for 6th grade humanities classes?

RESOURCES: American History Graphic Novels

QUESTION: Graphic Novel Non -Fiction Lit

Also, be sure to look at the resources written and created by MC POPPERS that are listed at the top of the groups page copied here for your convenience...

MC POPPERS that are comic artists, writers, webhosters or bloggers...
• Stergios Botzakis blogs at
• Jessica Abel is an author, artist and teacher. Her website links you out two her many great graphic novels available at Amazon.
• Marek Bennett author of Nicaragua Travel Journal and creator of the Comics International Ning.
blogs and shares resources at
• James Bucky Carter author of Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Pa... blogs at
Peter Gutierrez contributes articles and reviews to Graphic Novel Reporter

• Jay Hosler, is a biology professor and author/artist whose books on Evolution (The Sandwalk Adventures and Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth) also shares his work-in- progress at his blog
• Matt Madden is an author, artist and teacher whose books include 99 Ways to Tell A Story: Exercises in Style and Drawing Words & Writing Pictures (with Jessica Abel). He also blogs at
Katie Monnin author of Teaching Graphic Novels blogs at

• Jim Ottaviani is a librarian and author of many science themed graphic novels through his Ann Arbor based imprint GT Labs.  Heck, Jim is so cool he has a wiki page.
• Hyeondo Park is a manga artist whose work can be found at His illustrations include Wiley adaptations of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar & Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Nick Sousanis is a comic artist whose fascinating philosophical comics about education are collected at
• Award-winning artist, illustrator and teacher Gene Yang is the author of many graphic novels including American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile & Prime Baby. His personal website is You can also read about his webcomics for Algebra Students here.
• Maureen Bakis has a book about teaching graphic novels coming soon through Corwin and blogs/shares resources at her Ning

Of course, if you have a more specific question to ask, please use the discussion forum to get some ideas - this is just helpful for those looking for ideas on getting started with Graphic Novels.

Happy Graphic Noveling!


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Hey Ryan, this is great. Just today I'm submitting a proposal for a fall course at TC on understanding, making, and teaching comics. This is a great resource for teachers - and those teaching teachers! Thanks, Nick
Nick, well obviously, I knew this and created the page just for you - lol.  But seriously, glad it is helpful.  Be sure to check out Katie and JBC's books as well - they are really great starting points for teachers.
Love this. Thank you.
My pleasure - we're all about the resource here! :)
Update:  My Literature of the Graphic Word that I taught this summer as an 8 week course at our University went very well.  All the students learned more than they expected, they read some great graphic novels, some outstanding theory work, and as a final project created their own comic where they had to pitch the idea, write a plot summary, do a rough draft, and then do a final comic from their materials.  Now I have to write it up for the faculty council so it can be considered for an ongoing lit course.  My thanks to everyone here for their suggestions and support.
Hi Tony - this is great to hear - you should share your final report with everyone in the discussion forum as a post - that way everyone will hear about your work (this post - since I complied it above - I'm likely the only person who got a notification!
Not a problem.  Now I just have to figure out what the dept. chair actually wants me to tell know  how that goes.  I'll share soon as it is done.

Ah, yes, the 'ol "Guess what's in my brain" game :) Sounds great - hope you're having an excellent end of summer! RRG:)


Hey Ryan,

I have written a graphic novel that someone may be interested in. The description is following:


This graphic novel is both a historical novel as well as an entertaining way of using mathematics to solve a crime. The plot, the possible motive of every suspect, and the elements of his or her character are based on actual historical figures.

The 2nd International Congress of Mathematicians is being held in Paris in 1900. The main speaker, the renowned Professor X, is found dead in the hotel dining room. Foul play is suspected. The greatest mathematicians of all time (who are attending the Congress) are called in for questioning. Their statements to the police, however, take the form of mathematical problems. The Chief Inspector enlists the aid of a young mathematician to help solve the crime. Do numbers always tell the truth? Or don’t they?

Here is the link for buying the book online:




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