Interview with Colin Wright-Creator of Exile Lifestyle

It is easy to fall in love with Colin Wright’s lifestyle choice. Just from reading his emails and blog, anyone can see that he is a highly driven, immaterial, and creative individual living a seemingly vagabond lifestyle in which I have become extremely jealous. He is the instructor of my 4-week online course on design…

INTRO TO DESIGN FOR PUBLISHING

I just signed up for an online course on design for publishing. I found it through a self-publisher whose blog I follow, named Colin Wright. This guy is amazing and I encourage you to go to his website and get inspired, I know that I do! As I continue to write my textbook, I am…

Setbacks

We can tell ourselves all that we want that there are 1,000,000,000 reasons that we could not find time to sit down and get something done. In my case, writing this book is throwing me every opportunity to procrastinate. Though there are times when life just has its way with you and you have to…

Inspiration: Latino USA – A Cartoon History

For about ten years I have had Latino USA: A Cartoon History on my bookshelf in the back of my classroom. I think that it is difficult for anyone in the genre of non-fiction and graphic/comics to give a title to the genre, but I think it safely falls into the “graphic non-fiction” section. I…

Kickstarter: Educational Comics

I have already highlighted the Reading with Pictures project out of Chicago who have conducted a successful Kickstart project, but I thought that I would troll through the pages of Kickstart comic projects that related to education in some way, shape, or form. I wish there were more of these, but of the ones that…

Chicago Wizard World Comic Con: Presenters

While at the Chicago Comic-Con, I were ble to catch a few presentations of the hundred offered that caught my eye; some good, some bad, some ugly. Here is a summary: 1. This one was actually pretty good. They had one artist/writer, one printer, and a specialist on e-books. Since I currently only plan on…

Chicago Wizard World Comic Con: Inspiration

This weekend, my husband and I took an in-town vacation and hit up the Wizard World Comic Con convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare airport in Rosemont. My husband has always wanted to go and despite my efforts to get San Diego con tickets, it is no use. They have a…

Inspiration: Graphic Medicine

This is an interesting academic application of illustrated material that I stumbled across while searching for a good comic podcast. From what I gather, the field includes illustrations for medical and health explanations; including the dark, gory, and informative. via Inspiration: Graphic Medicine | Exploring the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse…

Inspiration: 21 Ways to use MAKEBELIEFSCOMIX.COM in the Classroom

I stumbled onto this website about how to incorporate illustration/comics into your classroom.  Of course they are using the site to promote their product, but nevertheless, it was a great list and you can tailor it to your needs I would imagine. 21 WAYS TO USE MAKEBELIEFSCOMIX.COM IN THE CLASSROOM By Bill Zimmerman, Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com…

Inspiration: Reading With Pictures

Kickstarter is this amazing website that allows people to pitch in and help fund grassroots artists, businesses, and projects that might otherwise have a tough time getting sponsors.  While I was sifting one day on their site, I came across Reading with Pictures, a not-for-profit that is looking to get comics into the hands of school…

Inspiration: Nick Sousanis

The best place to get inspired is to see who is the best in the business.   I am inspired by the possibilities of writing a textbook for my students in illustrated format. Daunting, I know.  But what better type of textbook to write one for than a geography course? My husband has two art degrees…