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Sequential SmArt: Teaching with Comics


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Local Accommodations

Special Rates Available for Conference Attendees at the following locations:

Fairfield Inn and Suites Huntingdon:

$69 for King Room

$79 for Two Double Beds

$89 for King Suite

(please reference Juniata College; rates per Dustin)

Comfort Inn Huntingdon:

$78 (please reference Sequential SmArt)

*Dorm Rooms at Juniata College are available for accommodations. Please contact 814-641-3604 for rates/information.*

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People interested in teaching and in comics.


Sequential SmArt is a conference that features presentations and workshops by comics creators, librarians, and by educators who use comics with students from early childhood to the college level.


May 18th-19th, 2012

Friday May 18 is an optional pre-conference workshop. This workshop is an evening with Matt Madden. Matt is a cartoonist and author who teaches comics at the School for Visual Arts and Yale University. Matt will work with participants to discover how making comics can enhance your teaching. This event takes place Friday evening at Juniata’s Raystown Field Station. Space is limited for this interactive session and registration is first-come first-served.

Saturday May 19 is the main conference, featuring an exciting line-up of speakers and workshops.


Juniata College in beautiful Huntingdon, PA


Comics are an underutilized educational resource that promote reading and literacy in a variety of topics. They also improve student retention of material and positively influence student attitudes about learning. Plus, they’re a lot of fun to read!

Act 48 Credit for Teachers:

All Act 48 credits are on Saturday May 19th, so PA teachers don’t need to take a Friday off from work.

Key Note Speakers:

Sequential SmArt will feature two masters of the medium speaking about their work.

Matt Madden is the co-author of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Matt will be leading the pre-conference event on Friday night and participants will get a chance to explore the broad possibilities that open up when one makes comics.

Eric Shanower is the creator of Age of Bronze, a series of graphic novels re-telling Homer’s Illiad, and two-time winner of the Eisner Award as Best Writer-Artist. Eric is also the writer of the Wizard of Oz adaptations from Marvel Comics. As a follow-up to Eric’s talk, Shannan Stewart will be presenting about the ways in which she has integrated Age of Bronze into her courses.


Conference participants can look forward to the following talks on Saturday. The list is not finalized.


Pre-Conference: Creating Comics, Matt Madden


Learning about comics

The Comic Book Syllabus, Jay Hosler, Juniata College

Comics in Classrooms and Libraries: Using Graphic Novels across the Secondary Curriculum, Karen Gavigan, University of South Carolina

Comics as a tool for inquiry, Nick Sousanis, Columbia University, Teachers College

The Fine Arts

Exhibit: Future Bear, Rachel Simmons and Julian Chambliss, Rollins College

Plenary talk by Eric Shanower creator of Age of Bronze.

English and literature

Drawing with Words and Writing with Pictures to Understand Memoir, Maureen Bakis, Masconomet Regional School District

Cartooning and Confianza: Using Comics to Build a Classroom of Trust, Jarod Roselló, Pennsylvania State University

Students Views on Using Graphic Novels in High School ELA Classes, Stergios Botzakis, University of Tennessee

Cartooning the Essay Planning Process, Catharina Evans, Saints Peter and Paul School

Teaching Gender and Sexuality with Graphic Novels, Kelley J. Hall, DePauw University

Diving Deeper: Arguments for Teaching Fewer Graphic Novels, Craig Fisher, Appalachian State University

Social Studies

Teaching Muslim Women’s Lives through Persepolis, Susan Prill & Belle Tuten, Juniata College

Our Private Wakandas: The Lives and Deaths of the Black Panther, Dwain Pruitt, Morgan State University

Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience, Julian Chambliss, Rollins College

Illustrating the Journey: Immigrant Youth Learning to Tell their Stories through Comics, Nathaniel Lauster, University of British Columbia

Teaching Bronze Age Archaeology, from Schliemann to Shanower, Shannan Stewart, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Natural Sciences

The Spectacular Teacher-Man: Comics as Primary Text in a Science Classroom, Brock Eastman, Takoma Park and Rosa M. Parks Middle School

Using The X-Men to Teach Mutation, Kevin Kinney, DePauw University

Man Thing vs. The Industrialists: Messages About Nature and the Environment in Comics, Elizabeth “Scout” Blum, Troy University

Teaching, Testing and Creating Science Comics, Jay Hosler, Juniata College

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