Comic book learning locals to present at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego
Hallie Campos, 13, posts a student-made comic book that teaches the reader about prime numbers at Adams Steak and Eggs Restaurant on July 2 in San Diego. (Photo courtesy of Lori Campos)
During the past three years local K-through-12 students created comic books in the classroom based on standards-based subjects through the grant-funded Using Sequential Arts Project. Now, Imperial County and national Comic Book Project representatives will be on a panel at Comic-Con, presenting their findings and experiences with the USA Project.
Curriculum director for the Center of Educational Pathways, Lori Campos of El Centro, and the nonprofit organization’s head and The Comic Book Project founder, Michael Bitz, will be part of the panel along with a local student, teacher and an outreach spokesperson.
“(The panel will illustrate how) students throughout the United States have created comic books in their classrooms and how it’s showing growth in student development in English as a Second Language,” Campos said.
Campos said it was a surprise when Bitz notified her that the project was selected to be part of Comic-Con since normally it’s a five- to 10-year waiting list for presenters at the convention.
“Oh my gosh, I was ecstatic,” she said. “I was really excited to show the great work that our students in the Valley have done through the project.”
“I think it’s really cool,” said Hallie Campos, panel member/Wilson Junior High School eighth-grader and former USA Project participant.
Some San Diegans are already taking notice of the comics as Hallie, her mother, Lori, and others posted some of the finished products at a local restaurant on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley and left 800 copies of the published anthology of works to be handed out.
“We started on Fourth of July weekend and they’ve been there ever since,” said Hector Meza, Adams Steak and Eggs Restaurant manager.
Meza said public feedback on the comic books, which are posted on the walls and front counter of the restaurant, has been very positive.
“I ran out (of the anthologies) because people take them,” Meza said. “It was a hit.
“They enjoyed looking at them (on the walls) too, especially the kids,” Meza said. “They get a kick out of it more than the adults.”
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If you go
What USA Project panel at Comic-Con 2011
When 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Where San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego
Specifics Room 26AB, open to those with single day or convention-length admission badges
The posted student artwork is located at Adams Steak and Eggs Restaurant, 201 Hotel Circle South, San Diego.