“Of course teachers should use comics across the curriculum, just as they might use film or poetry or painting. I can’t imagine teaching the Middle East without Sacco, the holocaust without Spiegelman, gender without Bechdel.”
I’ll have to check this one out – my long term goal is to teach Visual Culture at a college or grad level, which obviously ties heavily into teaching and comics (and other pop culture product.) So it seems like this book would be right up my alley. The art doesn’t seem amazing at first glance, but I figure it’s worth a look (kind of like a Understanding Comics knock-off, honestly, but also combined with some strip I can’t name.)
I also read Ayres’ Fugitive Days and thought it was really very interesting. Guy got a lot of bad press last election cycle, but it was mainly using him as a tool to smear others – he’s been highly respected in his field for some time and everything I’ve read from him has been pretty good and well reasoned.
Anyway – was surprising to find out he is such a comic fan and just put one out himself!
If anyone has seen this out there, let me know what you think. It will be some time before I actually get to look at it in person, since I’ve got such a huge reading backlog.