Use these projects to kickstart comics creation in your classroom!
DEMO PAGES & PROJECTS:
Drawn from the diaries, letters, accounts, & sketchbooks of eyewitnesses to history!
Samples of some of the many primary sources featured in the graphic novels.
- Set of primary source texts related to your subject (either entire texts or excerpts)
- Set of visual primary sources for research purposes
- Basic comics-making tools >>
DAY 1: MARKUP SOURCE TEXTS + RESEARCH
Here’s how I read & markup my primary source texts:
Here’s a collection of various text & visual sources from a single project:
DAY 2: PENCIL A PAGE OF COMICS!
Yes, I know — Easier SAID than DRAWN!
Recommendations for Artists:
- Start with a single page of comics (2-4 panels).
- Keep the artwork simple — Stick figures are fine!
- Use your source quote as the text.
- Draw a little something to go in each panel…
- Experiment! See what happens!
Pencil the entire page, test it on a reader, & then ink it before moving on to other pages.
Here’s how I move from primary source text to panels & pages of comics:
DAY 3: EDIT & INK, DRAW MORE PAGES…
As we finish our first pages, we have several options to choose from:
- Draw additional pages, continuing or preceding your first page. For new layouts, try these COMICS PAGE TEMPLATES >>
- Draw a new page from a different primary source that adds a new perspective to your original page. SEE: “Freeman Colby: From Primary Sources to Comics / Supplemental Sources” >>
- Help somebody else research or edit page(s) in progress.
- Collect finished pages together in a class book or gallery.