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Heytherejeffro

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I'm starting up my 2nd year of the comic book club here at CMS.

We did some cool stuff, and this year I'll definitely keep you all posted on what we're up to.

Honestly, I'd like to draw more kids than I had last year (about 6 or so), so I'm looking for any recruiting ideas you all might have. Suggestions and ideas of what you think 10-15 year-olds might be interested in are greatly appreciated.

Love you guys!

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Runaways is filled with teenage angst. Probably for the older kids though.

I like Marvel's "The Marvelous Land of Oz". I just looked at the cover and it says "all ages" too. I really like the art style of it, it's cute. I saw a variant cover of the first issue that had the little boy and his pumpkin head friend and I thought it was cute so I bought it on a whim. I've only read issue one, but I'm assuming they've twisted Wizard of Oz a bit.


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You already have them read Invincible, right?


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Ska wrote:Runaways is filled with teenage angst. Probably for the older kids though.

I like Marvel's "The Marvelous Land of Oz". I just looked at the cover and it says "all ages" too. I really like the art style of it, it's cute. I saw a variant cover of the first issue that had the little boy and his pumpkin head friend and I thought it was cute so I bought it on a whim. I've only read issue one, but I'm assuming they've twisted Wizard of Oz a bit.
With Runaways, it's no secret that I keep like, a skrillion copies of the digests in my room.
OZ, on the other hand, is something I need to get on; Skottie Young's art seems perfect for the title. I think they were pretty close to the Baum version of Oz, as opposed to the cinematic version.

Any ideas on things to do? Recruitment plans/slogans.

We've been offered a free table at the Boston Comicon, which is pretty nice; Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, Bill Sinkiewicz, Gene Colan, Jeffro, Skottie Young (yay, Oz!), Jim Starlin, and all the other cool people.

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Silent K wrote:You already have them read Invincible, right?
As a matter of fact, with them just finishing up their quiz, 2 kids are reading Invincible as we speak.

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What about the Marvel event stuff, like Civil War, House of M, Secret Invasion? Or Marvels? Age of Apocalypse?


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Silent K wrote:What about the Marvel event stuff, like Civil War, House of M, Secret Invasion? Or Marvels? Age of Apocalypse?
Marvels: Yes.
Civil War: I use it in my Pop Culture class to teach about Political Philosophy, which might be a bit advanced for most of these kids.
Crossovers, however, make it a little tough, because many of them require some form of prior knowledge. Next summer, I look forward to using S.I. for it's religious implications.

I got many of the suggested titles last year on WUMB. I'm thinking more along the lines of any ideas you guys might have for projects or anything. What haven't I done yet that might stoke some of these kids out?

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I'm sure a bunch of 12 year old boys would just eat up Deadpool.

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I think tying the comics into the movies would be a way to grab most kids, though I'm having trouble thinking of a concept or a project that does.

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Joshua wrote:I think tying the comics into the movies would be a way to grab most kids, though I'm having trouble thinking of a concept or a project that does.
Josh, you just inspired me to make a recruitment poster about the movies.
Something like "If you enjoyed these movies, you'll enjoy the comic book club" kind of a thing.
I'm sure I can find some way to utilize it properly.

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What about watching the movie and then going over the history of the character/property?


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Batman has a really rich pop culture history, he'd be a good one to start with. Batman's portrayal in both the comics and mainstream media is always heavily linked with the mood of the decade.

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Lions, Tigers and Bears and Herobear and the Kid, although they may skew towards a younger crowd.

I Kill Giants

Possibly We3 and Bayou for the older set.

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Heytherejeffro

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True, but with a club, it's tough because it's not supposed to be lessons as much as fun projects and productivity. Plus my time with them is limited (I'm scheduled for an hour/week, but I voluntarily stay for much longer. Most can't stay due to the late-bus leaving at 3:30).
I wish I had more time with them. Sad face.

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Dark Knight Returns - there are a lot of social and political aspects there that can be explored.

I think using the movies to lure kids in is a great way to recruit kids. I was wondering how many female students you have in the club? Any ideas on how to get more?


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Rath99 wrote:Dark Knight Returns - there are a lot of social and political aspects there that can be explored.

I think using the movies to lure kids in is a great way to recruit kids. I was wondering how many female students you have in the club? Any ideas on how to get more?
Tell them there are lots of dirty clothes and dishes that need washing. king

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It's probably outside of your range of stuff you can do with them, but when I was in high school I had a teacher that had the Communications II class (school TV thing) do coverage at WWC like 3 years ago.

I know when I was in middle school, Cirque Du Freak was an insanely popular series at my school. It was just made into a movie (though not a great one), and there is a manga adaptation of it. That might be a good one for the kids.

There's a ton of vampire love stories in manga. That might be something you could use to lure some teeny-bopper Twilight fans to the club.

Coraline would be a good one to do. I think you guys should definitely do something like "see where your favorite movies started" kind of thing. There's stuff out there, but it's just so hard to find something to bridge the gap to get students, especially girls interested. There definitely seems to be more manga that's chick oriented.

Have you thought about maybe having the kids create a comic of their own? Go over the makings of heroes and villains, and let them do something of their own.


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krpykrwly wrote:[ur
Possibly We3 and Bayou for the older set.
I can vouch for these two. Both are pretty universal. And you nor the kids have to spend cash on Bayou. It's a free e-comic on Zuda, and deeper than the synopsis lets on. Nice way to create literacy and tap the vein of African American struggles of the past. Easy homework or study for an easy-quiz, as one of my history teachers would put it.

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Bone
Far Arden
Essex County Trilogy
Blankets
Books of Magic
Too Cool to be forgotten

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Ska wrote: I've only read issue one, but I'm assuming they've twisted Wizard of Oz a bit.


Nope. The entire thing is an actual Oz book. It was the second Oz book by L. Frank Baum. It's completely legitimate.

Spoiler:
If they follow the famous fourteen, we should eventually see all of these titles:

Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
The Road to Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Tik-Tok of Oz
The Scarecrow of Oz
Rinkitink in Oz
The Lost Princess of Oz
The Tin Woodman of Oz
The Magic of Oz
Glinda of Oz

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^ Oh, Doug. You truly are a friend of Dorothy. tongue

Matt wrote:Bone
Far Arden
Essex County Trilogy
Blankets
Books of Magic
Too Cool to be forgotten
Books of Magic might be for high school reading. High concept with some taboo subjects. The first mini, maybe, but not the series.
Bone could work, but it is middle school. You may lose some of your audience.
B&W isn't bad, but again, you may lose audience with the others.

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http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/ggnt10.cfm

here's a link to a list of graphic novels suggested by The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association

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Ska wrote:
Have you thought about maybe having the kids create a comic of their own? Go over the makings of heroes and villains, and let them do something of their own.
This is actually the major point of the club. We've already made a book, but haven't had the venue to sell it yet. Plus, I didn't get a ton of submissions (I only had 6 kids in the club last year), so I had to fill it with stuff I did and pages from my sketchbook. I'm hoping to up the ante a bit this year.

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I do a lot of the "deeper meaning" stuff in a Pop Culture class I do. This is more "something to get kids interested in joining a club" kind of stuff. Also, Ska, love the idea of the movies thing. I won't get the time to really teach them about it, BUT I'm definitely going to use it as a basis for some signs or something.

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Matt wrote:Bone
Far Arden
Essex County Trilogy
Blankets
Books of Magic
Too Cool to be forgotten
Remember, these kids are 10-14. Some of these would be way above them.

However, they are all excellent books, and I actually have a copy of "Too Cool..." signed with a sketch inside.

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