SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

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Above: Cover and Pages from a comic by David Dennis, grade eight, IS 238, New York City, New York. that students do in creating a comic book is not disconnected from art and certainly not from creativity. Students have to consider how their words look as much as how they read. For example, middle-school students Devaughn Testman, Reinaldo Lassalles, Alcides Lopez, Pierre Castillo, Christopher Lopez, and Nathaniel Singleton realized that large capital letters and exclamation points highlight the character's sense of urgency. The jagged spikes on the cartoon bubble reinforce the concept. Often, text and artistry combine to form "word art" in a comic book. A character in a piece by a middle school boy (go to schoolartsonline. com to see this image) has just been handed back his test paper and clearly did not receive the grade he expected. The tears on his face say a lot, but the word "what?" with its block letters and surrounding stars enhances the meaning. make art and tell a story about who they are, where they've been, and where they are going. I could not have wished for any more from CBP. Reflections It is the comic books themselves that speak loudest for CBP—all the incredible work that students have accomplished over the past eight years. We have seen comic books featuring environmental superheroes who clean up toxic landfills with the swoop of a cape and blast of a special laser cannon. Other superheroes in the students' comics forego the cape and shield but are just as strong when they stand up for a victim of bullying or cultural intolerance. Students themselves are superheroes when they use their creative powers to Michael Bitz is the founder of the Comic Book Project and cofounder of the Youth Music Exchange. meb53 NatioNal StaNdard Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life. Web liNkS 25

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