comics

I'm past 20 now. Twenty-odd daily comics for The Wild West Adventures of the Internet Kid, an idea that was sparked by my participation in the open Western106 story adventure. I thought I would take a breather here to reflect on how it's going for me, the writer (I make an appearance now and then in the comic, usually for criticism for not writing better comics or not paying attention to equity...
(Originally published at Kevin's Meandering Mind) As has been my mode lately, I was watching the most recent video from the Connected Courses project in Vialogues (Thanks, Terry Elliott!) with Michael Wesch, Randy Bass and Cathy Davidson with my ear towards ideas that I might use in a comic. Of course, when you have smart people like that, interesting ideas float around like butterflies. But...
(This first appeared at my blog, Kevin's Meandering Mind) Inspired by all the remixing of Garfield comics, and the back page Caption Contest of the New Yorker magazine, I decided yesterday to remove the dialogue from one of my own webcomics for our Make Cycle around hacking writing for the Making Learning Connected MOOC, and open it up to people to add their own. Call it community hacking. First...
Keywords: clmooc, Meme, comic, reflection
Raise your hand if you know the reference to this meme? As part of our exploration of memes as cultural currency with the Making Learning Connected MOOC, I decided to use this particular meme and deconstruct it a bit. And I decided to do it in comic form. Check out how Google Trends followed the "more cowbell" concept over time: And also, where the phrase has cache, globally (almost entirely in...
Keywords: selfie, comics, composition
I had an interesting moment recently with two of my classes. We were watching the movie version of Tuck Everlasting (after reading the novel) and there is a scene where the Stranger (played by Ben Kingsley) stops alone in the woods and pulls out a handheld mirror, holding it up and examining his own facial features for signs of age. I wish I could share a screenshot of the scene. He's holding...
(This is reposted from my blog, where I have been writing about a digital literacies workshop I have been facilitating for English Language Learners high school students. We've been doing a range of activities, leading into video game design. The workshop is sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project in conjunction with an urban school district.) We are midway through our digital...
Keywords: remix, comics, clmooc
(reposted from my blog) Yesterday, as I was reading the newspaper on Sunday morning, I had one of those “make epiphanies” that come as a result of being part of the Making Learning Connected MOOC. I had the Sunday Comics in my hand and I began to wonder what it would be like to remix the comics. What if I cut out frames and then put them back together, creating a new narrative? I dove with with...
Over at the Making Learning Connected MOOC (which launches this coming week!), I created a few webcomics to illustration our Frequently Asked Questions page. It was a way to have some fun, but also get information out about what participants might be wondering about. Here is the collection: Come join the adventure by signing up (it’s free!) for the Making Learning Connected MOOC adventure this...
Taking it to the authorship stage by making comics was clearly valuable.  Their written reflections demonstrated the creativity and insight they used in making the comics.  What on the surface might look like hastily drawn comics now look like thoughtful first drafts, or thumbnails.  I would love to see what they could create with more than one day to make the comics. Also, as I watched my...
The student reflections suggest tremendous growth.  Though few of them claim joy at being assigned Thoreau’s essay in the first place, they clearly put thought into the visual rhetoric of their comics.  Here is a sampling of comments from their reflections: I made a point to emphasize the quirky comfort that Thoreau felt in prison [by showing that the prisoners’] expressions are content. The...

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