Saturday, January 31, 2009

1/30/09 Session Stats

Here are the stats for the 1/30 session:

Comics collected: 21
Attendance: 2
Student efficiency: 10.5
Maximum possible: 16
Lesson efficiency: 1.31

Despite the low attendance, the two students managed to produce a large number of comics, so at least the day wasn't a total loss.

1/30/09 Session Report

The 1/30 session ran into problems due to the weather. Only 2 kids were there, so I didn't run the session as planned. I'll repeat it next week. I didn't take any videos, but stats and pictures will be posted soon.

Friday, January 30, 2009

1/30/09 Session

The 1/30 session will be another one with hybrids, since they proved so popular the first time.

Comics used:

Dinosaur Comics
Dreamland Chronicles
Freshman 15
Little Dee
Lovarian Adventures
Mac Hall
Okashina Okashi
Penny Arcade
Planet Karen
Questionable Content
Rob and Elliot
Sluggy Freelance
Tea Club
Zombies Calling

Sunday, January 25, 2009

1/23/09 Session Stats

Here are the stats from the 1/23 session:

Comics collected: 39
Attendance: 5
Student efficiency: 7.8
Maximum possible: 40
Lesson efficiency: 0.975

Saturday, January 24, 2009

1/23/09 Session Report

The 1/23 session went off with little trouble. 5 kids attended, which is the normal maximum. The kids really enjoyed the hybrid comics; I'll use them again soon with this group. Stats, pics, and videos will be posted soon.

Friday, January 23, 2009

1/23/09 Session

The 1/23 session is the same as the 1/16 session, since the 16th was canceled due the weather. I decided to skip the multi-comic lesson for now and instead moved on to hybrid comics - templates with blank panels that let the kids draw their own art. This is a way to ease them into making original comics.

Comics used:

And Shine Heaven Now
Faking Life
Ghastly's Ghastly Comic
Little Dee
Lovarian Adventures
Mac Hall
Okashina Okashi
Penny & Aggie
Planet Karen
Resident Phreaks
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Something Like Life
Tsunami Channel
World of Orenda

Sunday, January 18, 2009

1/9/09 Videos

There were only 2 videos from the 1/9 session.

1/9 Video 1

1/9 Video 2

Thursday, January 15, 2009

1/16/09 Session Canceled

All Pittsburgh schools have been closed tomorrow due to the weather. Temperatures are in the low single digits with minus 20 wind chills, making it dangerous for kids. The 1/16 session is canceled, so I'll reuse it for 1/23.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Create a Comic Project @ Tekkoshocon 2009!

Excellent news: the Create a Comic Project will be hosting a workshop at Tekkoshocon 2009! The person in charge of panels has confirmed my approval.

The workshop will be a "classroom simulation:" participants will be students who I lead through a mock project session. The goal is to demonstrate some of the teaching techniques I use in the project so others can use them in their own volunteer efforts. Since Tekkoshocon is an anime con, I'll be focusing mainly on manga-style comics.

This will be my first con demo. I imagine I'll have some difficulties at first, but it'll help me bring the project to other cons like Otakon, Anime USA, Connecticon, and others.

Details on workshop scheduling will come in March. I'm hoping to get ~2 hours on a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

1/9/09 Pictures

Pictures from the 1/9 session have been uploaded.

1/9/09 Session

Saturday, January 10, 2009

1/9/09 Session Stats

These are the stats from the 1/9 session.

Comics collected: 19
Attendance: 4
Student efficiency: 4.75
Maximum possible: 16
Lesson efficiency: 1.19

Under the original lesson plan, the max possible would've been 36, with 9 comics handed out to each student. Since only the warm-up was completed, I modified this to reflect that only 4 comics were given to each student.

1/9/09 Session Report

The 1/9 session was disrupted by the weather. Due to the snow, parents arrived earlier than normal to pick up their kids (4 in all). Students barely had time to finish the warm-up before they had to go. I'm also rethinking the activity's design - I may start them with 2-3 page story arcs and then build them into 5 pages.

I'm debating whether to move on to the next lesson or try again next week. Pictures, video, and stats will be posted soon.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

1/9/09 Session

The 1/9 session will be a repeat of a previous one with multi-comic story arcs. It didn't too well last time, so I'm hoping the kids are in a better mood this time.

Comics used:

And Shine Heaven Now
Faking Life
Hate Song
Kastle Comics
Lil' Formers
My Stupid Life
Nothing Nice to Say
Okashina Okashi
Planet Karen
Questionable Content
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
You'll Have That
Zombies Calling

Saturday, January 3, 2009

12/19/08 Pictures

Pictures from the 12/19 session have been uploaded. At long last I'm now caught up on all the photos.

12/19/08 Session

Friday, January 2, 2009

12/12/08 Pictures

Pictures from the 12/12 session have been uploaded.

12/12/08 Session