Resources & Additional Information
The Comic Strip – This is the average two to five panel cartoon that can be found in a variety of print like magazines and newspapers.
The Comic Book – This is a story that is told over several pages (usually 24) and be received as a single issue story or be part of a larger story arc that is delivered usually on a monthly basis.
The Trade Paper Back (TPB) – This is a collection of a series of comic books. Usually they contain a completed story arc (6 issues bound together as 1) or it may contain one shot single-issue stories all done by the same creators.
The Graphic Novel – This is a story that meets the criteria for a novel only it is done with the use of illustration and traditional comic book organization. These books often are150+ pages and are a self-contained story.
Comic Companies’ Links
Kieran Egan (author of The Educated Mind How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding)
Micharl Chabon (author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay)
Creating Your Own Comics
ComixPress – This is a print company that offers a wide range of printing possibilities at very reasonable prices. This site is recommended if you would actually like to create an anthology of student work into a comic book form.
ComicSpace – This is a lot like myspace (it’s free) but dedicated to posting independent comics online. In fact, student groups could easily post their work as they complete it. It is a great site that is pretty user friendly. My company uses it and so does the after school club that I sponsor at Fraser High School.