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Create a Comic Project Blog

The official blog of the Create a Comic Project, an award winning comic-based youth literacy and writing program.

Updated: 2018-03-06T05:21:09.179-05:00


CAMT 2014 Materials


At CAMT 2014 I presented on the use of comics in the math classroom and image analysis for statistics. I've uploaded both presentations and the templates I used to Google Drive.

You can get the materials here.

Watch this space


"The Create a Comic Project is an interactive open-ended student-centered activity utilizing visual and textual juxtapositions to increase understanding across all subjects. It uses webcomics as educational tools and has been endorsed by over 100 different webcomic creators."

Sadly, it's also been a bit inactive these past several years as I've pursued a career in classroom teaching. I haven't been idle, though ("I'm not dead yet!"). I've been focusing on game design and applying it to activity design. I've experienced and observed many things in the classroom, from educational administration to student culture. As I conclude my period of first-hand experience in the classroom, expect me to start sharing this data.

 Coming soon: Metamathics

SXSW Interactive 2012!



As you wait for me to update the site with new posts, why not vote for my SXSW Interactive 2012 proposal? Thanks!

SXSW 2011: Onwards to the future!


Thank you to everyone checking on this site after my SXSW 2011 presentation. I had a lot of fun giving my solo presentation and I'll be working hard to come up with another for next year. I met a lot of wonderful folks who I'll be keeping in touch with. I'd say the project's 5 Year Anniversary is off to a very good start!

As you can tell, I don't use this blog much anymore. I've switched to using the project's Facebook and Twitter accounts for most updates and communications. So look there for the latest photos, videos, and information.

With SXSW behind me, I'll be turning my focus to the other events that are coming up. They include:

Presentation at the Pop Culture Association, San Antonio, TX

Workshop at the Conference for the Advancement of Math Teaching, Grapevine, TX
"Make a Manga Tournament!" at Otakon, Baltimore, MD (pending)

I'll also be submitting proposals for SXSW Interactive 2012 and NCTM 2012, due this year. Given the project's long history with libraries, I'll also be considering submissions to ALA and TLA for 2012.

See you at SXSW Interactive 2011!


The Create a Comic Project will be going to SXSW Interactive 2011! My solo presentation, "Interactive Comics: Techniques to Enhance Math Education," will be an hour long and combine several of my previous presentations on the comic project and math. It's the single biggest event in the project's history, so I am very excited to be given this opportunity!

Only 500 sessions from the 2400 submissions were selected, so I'm very pleased that SXSW chose mine to be among them. Other educators that will be presenting include Chris Lehmann, founder of the Science Leadership Academy, and Nina Walia of PBS Kids.

Create a Comic Project at SXSW Interactive 2011!


The project currently has a presentation - "Interactive Comics: Techniques to Enhance Math Education" - under consideration for SXSW Interactive 2011. Please register for Panel Picker and vote!

A short break


I know the comic hasn't updated the last few days. I'm currently in the middle of a three part move: going from NYC to Austin (done) and now from Austin to Houston (not done). Why? Because I have a job! I'll be teaching math at a charter school in Houston. And you can bet one classroom activity I'll be using!

The Comic Project on Facebook


For those looking for the newest updates on the status and events of the comic project, I've been posting them to its Facebook Page. You can also find photos and videos there not available on the project website. So any of you on Facebook should send me a friend request.

Create a Comic Project: Inspiration


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Create a Comic Project #1 - 2nd Edition!


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The second edition of Create a Comic #1 has finally been released! The new edition nearly doubles the page count from 26 to 50, with new content by Erin Ptah.

Like the previous comics, it's published through If you use the code "WINTERBOOK" between now and the end of February, you'll get 10% off your order, making it a great time to buy a copy.

Two New Webcomics Join!


Two new webcomics have joined the project:

Doomies! by Maritza Campos (who also does "College Roomies from Hell")
King of the Web by Kuroitenshi

Kuroitenshi served as a judge for the "Make a Manga Tournament" workshop at Otakon 2009 and has kindly offered her artwork for use in the project. She sends me hi-res textless versions of her comic. She's also agreed to be a judge at the workshops planned for Colossal Con 2010 and Otakon 2010!

Create a Comic Project Music Video


I recently put together a little music video about the comic project. It mainly uses clips from New Haven with several from Pittsburgh thrown in. I also featured some clips that haven't been uploaded before, including one from the third tournament and from Otakon 2009. Enjoy!

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Project Hiatus


The project's going on a short hiatus for now. I have a new school and a move to contend with. The site will continue to update with new comics, but this blog will be inactive for a bit.

The project will resume sometime in October, though. I've been invited to use the project as part of a math tutoring program in New York City.

7/1/09 Western YMCA Stats


Here are the stats from the 7/1 Western YMCA session.

11 year olds:

Comics collected: 157
Attendance: 16
Student efficiency: 9.81
Maximum possible: 128
Lesson efficiency: 1.23

12-14 year olds:

Comics collected: 251
Attendance: 20
Student efficiency: 12.55
Maximum possible: 140
Lesson efficiency: 1.79

10 year olds:

Comics collected: 374
Attendance: 16
Student efficiency: 23.38
Maximum possible: 112
Lesson efficiency: 3.34

The 10-year olds set a new record for most comics ever collected in a single session, beating the previous record of 373 set July 22, 2008, by the kids at the Collegiate YMCA.

Delays in Posting


This blog hasn't been updated in a while, as I've been busy moving. I'll post all the missing info once I get settled in.

6/25/09 Allegheny Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/25 Allegheny YMCA session.

8-9 year olds:

Comics collected: 86
Attendance: 6
Student efficiency: 14.33
Maximum possible: 42
Lesson efficiency: 2.05

10-11 year olds:

Comics collected: 127
Attendance: 7
Student efficiency: 18.14
Maximum possible: 49
Lesson efficiency: 2.59

6/24/09 Northland Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/24 Northland Library session.

Comics collected: 87
Attendance: 8
Student efficiency: 10.88
Maximum possible: 56
Lesson efficiency: 1.55

6/24/09 Western YMCA Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/24 Western YMCA session.

10 year olds

Comics collected: 244
Attendance: 10
Student efficiency: 24.40
Maximum possible: 90
Lesson efficiency: 2.71

The 10-year olds were the most productive group of children I've ever worked with. Their student efficiencies were some of the highest ever measured in comic project history.

11 year olds

Comics collected: 199
Attendance: 14
Student efficiency: 14.21
Maximum possible: 98
Lesson efficiency: 2.03

12-14 year olds

Comics collected: 218
Attendance: 18
Student efficiency: 12.11
Maximum possible: 144
Lesson efficiency: 1.51

6/24/09 Baierl Workshop Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/24 Baierl YMCA Workshop.

Comics collected: 39
Attendance: 19
Student efficiency: 2.05
Maximum possible: 19
Lesson efficiency: 2.05

6/22/09 Collegiate Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/22 Collegiate YMCA session.

10-13 year olds:

Comics collected: 144
Attendance: 13
Student efficiency: 11.08
Maximum possible: 52
Lesson efficiency: 2.77

6/18/09 Allegheny Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/18 Allegheny YMCA session.

9-10 year olds:

Comics collected: 94
Attendance: 9
Student efficiency: 10.44
Maximum possible: 81
Lesson efficiency: 1.16

11-12 year olds:

Comics collected: 124
Attendance: 10
Student efficiency: 12.4
Maximum possible: 90
Lesson efficiency: 1.38

6/17/09 Northland Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/17 Northland Library session.

Comics collected: 125
Attendance: 12
Student efficiency: 10.42
Maximum possible: 120
Lesson efficiency: 1.04

6/17/09 Western YMCA Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/17 Western YMCA session.

10 year olds:

Comics collected: 196
Attendance: 17
Student efficiency: 11.53
Maximum possible: 136
Lesson efficiency: 1.44

11 year olds:

Comics collected: 222
Attendance: 21
Student efficiency: 10.57
Maximum possible: 189
Lesson efficiency: 1.17

12-14 year olds:

Comics collected: 251
Attendance: 23
Student efficiency: 10.91
Maximum possible: 230
Lesson efficiency: 1.09

6/16/09 Collegiate YMCA Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/16 Collegiate YMCA session.

8-9 year olds:

Comics collected: 128
Attendance: 10
Student efficiency: 12.8
Maximum possible: 90
Lesson efficiency: 1.42

10-13 year olds:

Comics collected: 138
Attendance: 13
Student efficiency: 10.62
Maximum possible: 117
Lesson efficiency: 1.18

6/15/09 Collegiate YMCA Stats


Here are the stats from the 6/15 Collegiate YMCA session.

8-9 year olds:

Comics collected: 82
Attendance: 9
Student efficiency: 9.11
Maximum possible: 81
Lesson efficiency: 1.01

10-13 year olds:

Comics collected: 138
Attendance: 12
Student efficiency: 11.5
Maximum possible: 108
Lesson efficiency: 1.28