18 April 2012

18 April 2012–Kickstarter Project – The Graphic Textbook


Hey guys,

Normally, I don’t mention special projects or fund-raising events here (it’s not that I don’t support them, it’s just beyond the scope of what I do), but this is just too dang cool to not mention.


What you see above is a Kickstarter project  that these folks are trying to get together. I’m going to let them explain it, because I just won’t do it justice:

The Graphic Textbook unites the finest creative talents in the comics industry with the nation's leading experts in visual literacy to create a gamechanging[sic] educational tool for the classroom and beyond, one that’s tied to a revolutionary impact study overseen by the Learning Sciences Department of Northwestern University. 

The goal is to create an awesomeness-filled book of the highest artistic quality and literary merit that also meets all the criteria necessary to be accepted as classroom curriculum. 

Aimed at grades 3-6, The Graphic Textbook features a dozen short stories (both fiction and non-fiction) that address topics in a variety of disciplines (Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Science) drawn from the list of Common Core Standards used in classrooms countrywide. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide will include Standards-correlated lesson plans customized to each story, research-based justifications for using comics in the classroom, a guide to establishing best classroom practices and a comprehensive listing of additional educational resources.

The Graphic Textbook will prove once and for all that comics belong in the classroom by creating a comic that every teacher will actually want to use and a textbook that every student will actually want to read!”


This is something that I’ve felt is a huge necessity in classrooms. Many studies that have come out have pointed to a increase in not only understanding, but retention as well when kids have studied a topic with strong visual accompaniment, and graphic novels and comics fit that bill nicely. They’re looking for $65,000 by 17 May 2012, and they’re currently at $5,358 (as of 1:50 MST 18 April 2012. for a minimum of $10, you’ll be able to get a digital copy of the book when it comes out, and if you donate more, the benefits grow – you can get a signed hardback copy of the book, you can get a limited edition series of Probamon cards (a game included in the textbook), you can get a classroom full of copies for your favorite class, or, you can even become part of the stories!

Please, give them a look, and if you can, donate to this amazing project! Your descendants will thank you for it.


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