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Comic Boom - Comics in Education

Author: Lucy Starbuck Braidley

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A brand new education podcast exploring the use of comics in education. Each episode I’ll be joined by a special guest from a wide range of backgrounds, from passionate education professionals to academics and industry experts. I'll be exploring a wide range of perspectives in the search for information and inspiration.Listen in if you’d like to grow your understanding of the theory behind comics, discover the most effective approaches to using comics and graphic novels in your classroom and gain inspiration from passionate comics creators.
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Lucy chats to Commisioning Editor at David Fickling Books, Anthony Hinton.We discuss the recent boom in popularity of british graphic novels - including  the success of Jamie Smart and Neill Cameron.Anthony is part of the team at The Phoenix Comic, where he edits the comic books produced through the DFB/Phoenix partnership, including Jamie Smart's number 1 bestselling Bunny vs Monkey, Neill Cameron's Mega Robo Bros, Laura Ellen Anderson's Evil Emperor Penguin, Adam and Lisa Murphy's Corpse Talk and many more. He has edited many books of children's and YA prose fiction - and non-fiction - working with writers including the Carnegie-shortlisted Candy Gourlay, the YA-prize shortlisted Melinda Salisbury, and the legendary Anne Fine, and was himself shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for editing the late Tony Mitton's Potter's Boy. He is also an occasional writer for The Phoenix comic, including on their choose-your-own-adventure series Fates and Fortunes.Links to everything  discussed, including Anthony's recommendations and the comic to accompany this episode can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow David Fickling Books and The Phoenix on Twitter at  @dfb_storyhouse  @phoenixcomicukProducer and Host: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
Lucy chats to comic artist and creator of the Bumble and Snug series of graphic novels, Mark Bradley.Mark Bradley is a comic artist and writer, and creator of the Bumble & Snug graphic novel series. He grew up reading stories about ghosts and monsters, and promptly decided that he preferred them to humans The first of book in the Bumble & Snug graphic novel series was shortlisted for the 2022 Waterstones Children’s Prize. He is passionate about the role comics can play in education and children’s literacy. He loves pop music and cherry bakewells, and is currently building an army of Lego crabs, for reasons that remain secret.Links to everything  discussed, including Mark's recommendations and the comic to accompany this episode can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Mark on Twitter at  @MarkBradleyartHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this episode I am joined by Neil Cohn, Neil Cohn is an American cognitive scientist best known for his pioneering research on the overlap in cognition between graphic communication and language. He is the author of 2 graphic novels, over 80 academic papers, and 3 academic books, including The Visual Language of Comics (2013) and the 2021 Eisner-nominated Who Understands Comics? (2020). He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. Neil's website:www.visuallanguagelab.comLinks to everything  discussed and the comic for the episode can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Neil on Twitter at  @visual_linguistHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this week's episode Lucy speaks to primary school teacher and writer of Slug Boy Saves the World, Mark A Smith. We discuss Mark's love of all things Marvel and how that passion for comics has influenced his teaching, his writing...and his life in general!Mark A. Smith was born in Dundee, where he works as a primary school teacher. He lives in Fife and spends most of his spare time reading comics and writing stories. . Slugboy Saves the World is his first novel.Links to everything  discussed, including Mark's recommendations and the comic to accompany this episode can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Mark on Twitter at  @MarkASmith85 Host: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this week's episode Lucy speaks to the hugely talented comic artist, Rebecca Burgess - mostly focusing on her latest middle grade graphic novel, Speak Up.Rebecca Burgess is a comic artist and illustrator working in the UK, creating award winning published and small press work. Along with drawing comics for their day job, Rebecca also loves drawing webcomics in their free time. Being autistic, they are particularly passionate about bringing more autistic characters into comics and stories! Outside of drawing comics and cuddling their cat, Rebecca also loves playing RPGs with friends, going on deep dives into history and growing vegetables in their humble Bristol garden.Links to everything  discussed, including Bex's recommendations and the comic to accompany this episode can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Bex on Twitter at  @theorahHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this episode I chat with PhD student Meher Shiblee.Meher is a second year, full time, PhD student at LCC, UAL. Her research topic is titled; Considering 21st Century Muslim Superheroines and Issues of Representation: Comics, Creators and Readers in Context. In addition to her studies, she has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and an Associate Lecturer at her university, curating and conducting ‘Research Methods’ modules for MA students at LCC and CCW.>Meher did her MA in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London and her BA (Hons) in English Literature from Aberystwyth University, with a semester abroad in Washington State University.Links to everything  discussed, including all of Meher's reading recommendations can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Meher on Twitter at  @mehershibleeHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this episode I chat with writer and school librarian Lucas Maxwell.Lucas Maxwell has been reading comics since he was very young and living in Nova Scotia, Canada. Now, he gets to promote comics and other great books to kids in the high school library that he's  managed in South London, UK for the past nine years.  He's also a writer for Book Riot, a D&D Dungeon Master and the author of a book about table top roleplaying games in school and public libraries. Lucas' Blog can be accessed hereLinks to everything  discussed, including all of Lucas' many many reading recommendations can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Lucas on Twitter at  @lucasjmaxwellHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
Dr Harriet Earle (Hattie) is a senior lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University and research fellow at the Centre for War, Atrocity, and Genocide at the University of Nipissing. She is the author of Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War (2017) and Comics: An Introduction (2020) – and she writes mostly on war and violence.In this episode we explore some of the historical reasons that comics sit on the outskirts of the educational mainstream and discuss their otential, their universality and the possibilites of comics for promoting social justice. Hattie's book, Comics: An Introduction is available here - and by pdf if you email her!!Links to everything  discussed, including Hattie's reading recommendations can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Hattie on Twitter at  @HarriyotHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this episode I chat with award winning comics creator, Neill Cameron.Neill Cameron is a cartoonist and writer, creator of the comic books Mega Robo Bros,   Since 2011 his work has appeared in the weekly children’s comic The Phoenix. In 2016 Mega Robo Bros and Tamsin and the Deep were both shortlisted for the British Comics Awards. In 2017, Mega Robo Bros won the Excelsior Award Jr, a national comic award voted for by school and library reading groups across the UK. In 2018 Mega Robo Bros was chosen as one of the best children's comics of the year by both the New York Public Library and the Schools Library Journal.Links to everything  discussed, including Neill's reading recommendations can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Neill on Twitter at  @neillcameronHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
In this episode I chat with Gemma Sosnowsky about all things comics in the school library.Gemma is an experienced school librarian and member of the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival board, as well as judge on the Excelsior Award and, in this episode, shares lots of practical advice on how to maximise the use of comics in your school library.Links to everything  discussed, including Gemma's reading recommendations can be found on the podcast padlet.Follow Gemma on Twitter at  @gemmafrogHost: @Lucy_BraidleyContact: comicboompodcast@gmail.comMusic by John_Sib from Pixabay
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