Activities For The Civic Geek: Promote Literacy With Comics

If comics are your thing, why not specifically promote literacy with your favorite medium.

Comic books were probably one of the first forms of literature many of us picked up. From newspapers to comic books to manga, it’s one of the earliest experience many of us have of reading. It’s still a favorite of many – and a way to teach literacy because they’re so beloved and accessible.

It wouldn’t be too hard to rally your fellow comic fans, clubs, groups, and stores to organize to donate comics, time, or money to the right organizations. There’s a lot of history and a lot of community to build on – and there’s comics-oriented literacy organizations who need your help below.


  • Comics For Kids – Collects and donates comics to kids, with a focus on literacy and developing creativity.
  • Reading with Pictures – Promotes literacy with the use of comics in the classroom. Heavily oriented towards ways to get involved!

An Interview With Logan Ludwig, Author of “Moving Panels”

28full200Logan Ludwig did something near and dear my heart and that of my friend Scott, who writes on adaptions. He did an in-depth book on comic adaption to movies, called Moving Panels: Translating Comics To Film. It’s a deep dive on a subject that’s not only interesting, but more important today than ever. Logan let me interview him so we can find out more on his work.

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Meet Jane Straw of Medikidz!


I met Jane Straw when I first heard about Medikidz – a series of comics to help kids understand medical conditions. She’s the art editor there, and I heard of her when she was looking for talent. Of course then I had to actually interview her because, seriously, it’s using comics to discuss medical conditions and fill a gap. That’s awesome applied geekery.

Let’s find out what she’s up to and more about her and Medikidz and you can see more art at their Deviantart Page!

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