MISSION STATEMENT – To stimulate the discussion of comic books, consider the ways in which comic books enrich student life, and generate a greater awareness of the benefits of Comic Book education in communities.
DESCRIPTION – The Comic Book League is a membership program for those who love comic books! Allows readers of all ages to have a common space to come together and share their interests with other like-minded fans, and create a positive atmosphere for them to read, share and follow the stories of their favorite Comic Book characters.
CBEF’s Comic Book League goes beyond simply sharing the format we love with the people around us and our goal is to elevate the experience of all comic book fans, comic book artists, readers, and enthusiasts. The Comic Book League seeks diversity in our selections – as there are so many great Comic Book series to choose from. Of course, we’ll probably read some Superman and Batman graphic novels, but we’ll go way off the beaten path to read about other fantastic non-mainstream superheroes and comic books.
The ability to critically evaluate the graphic novel the participant is reading is essential to the whole experience.
|1. Learn note taking skills. Note taking helps not only with a discussion of the materials but also with retention of what is being read — if a student takes notes, they are more likely to remember what happened in the book. Students can take notes on a separate piece of paper, in the margins of the book, or on self-adhesive note paper. Taking notes may increase the amount of time a student needs to finish reading a book, but it will enhance their ability to think critically about the book.
2. Experience critical thinking and participation skills. Encourage students to think about the characters and story lines and help them learn how not be afraid to ask hard questions, and also identify questions that can promote meaningful discussion of the material. These skills help students identify with the work and encourage further engagement.
3. Promote attention to both the art and the text. Comic Books embrace both textual and visual cues to tell a story. It can be easy to focus on one element over the other. We examine both the art and the text and identify how the interplay between the two is greater than the individual parts. Reading the comic book multiple times, focusing first on text, then the art, and then finally bringing them both together.
|4. Identify themes and symbolism. Analyze the deeper meaning behind the work: What are the ideas that the creators are exploring in the story of the comic book? How do they can use text and images as metaphors or similes, as symbols of something else?
5. Examine the structure of the book. Learn to pay attention to how the creators use color (or the lack of color) to convey ideas, themes, temporal changes, etc. Creators may also use panel size, frequency, and structure to convey emotions and events or to develop a sense of urgency about the plot or characters.
6. Evaluate the motivators behind the book. Character-driven Comic Books tend to have a slower pace, focusing less on events and more on building a relationship with the characters and creating individual reactions, emotions, and thoughts.
7. Compare stories. Compare the book to other stories, whether they are prose or graphic novels. Explore any other works from the writer and artist: Are their previous books similar in art style and subject matter? Are there common themes? Identify prose books or other graphic novels that have similar themes or employ similar structure or visual style.