We’ve been invited to present on a panel and breakout session at the San Diego Comic Con this year! (Thanks to Mimi at NightFlight Comics).  We don’t have a booth or table at the Con for Wombat Rue, and haven’t applied for one since it seems to be a venue more suited for mainstream publishers, rather than independents like us.  The panel is about using comics in the classroom.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot for the past few weeks. 

I am new to comics, while my husband and creator of Wombat Rue, Brady, has been reading them all his life.  I often find them hard to understand, so I’m the perfect test case.  I still have to think about which panel I’m supposed to look at first.  That being said, I have come to deeply appreciate the role comics play in learning.  The best compliments we receive, by far, are from young people who say they read and re-read the books, and always find something new in them.  Typically people say they are drawn to the art, which is great.  But to be able to convey a story, and concepts, within a comic book is key to providing long term enjoyment. 

As an attorney by profession, I find there is a need for educators to train the minds of young people.  True, there is much “content” to be absorbed, but training someone to think is where its really at.  You can find content anywhere and everywhere these days.  But critical thinking that is not lazy…now that is worth something.  As I develop the presentation for educators at Comic Con, I’ll be focusing on this goal in particular – using comic books to help students train their minds.  More later.  Peace.

p.s. since this post was full of boring words (as Brady would say), I’ll post one of his sketches, called “Jack, The Reluctant Hero”.