Peanuts Illustrated by Charles Schulz, Calvin and Hobbes Illustrated by Bill Watterson, w The Family circus The comics drawn by Bill Kane were the comics I was drawn to as a kid. By the time I became a high school teacher, my students didn’t recognize any of those comics and I didn’t know which ones they were reading. In short, my knowledge of comics and their artists was limited to what appeared in the Sunday paper when I was a child. Does that sound like yours? If so, you may also be interested in looking at our Lambiek’s Comiclopedia.
Lambiek’s Comiclopedia It is an online encyclopedia of over 14,000 comedians. You can search Comiclopedia by name, browse them in alphabetical order, or simply click on random artists that are on the homepage on the day you visit. Each listing includes a biography of the artist, some background information on their comics, and some examples of their work.
Comiclopedia can be a good resource for people who want to learn a little bit about the comics their students read. And you might be inspired to try creating comics in your own classroom. If this turns out to be the case, you’ll need to check MOMA’s four-part series on storyboard creation.