Fandom, Friendship and Literacy: Which one is the odd one out?
I have come to learn very quickly that fandom and friendship go together. Friendships have blossomed almost from the moment I started blogging on tumblr on April 26th, 2012.
My two-year anniversary is coming up soon, and psssst, but with so many RAPSs languishing on my shelves I think I will have to organise a massive giveaway, again. Mark your calendar 😀 (Guylty on WordPress followed half a year later.) I’ll spare you my usual goody-goody extolling of how special we – and our fandom – all are. Suffice to say I am still meeting new people, particularly behind the scenes, and now that I am shrining my way through the cinematographic A___ output.
One such friendship has developed with the elusive, mysterious M___ who sent me lots of goodies for the shrines. Last week she did it again – another package of supplies arrived on my doorstep, containing mint tins, compacts, badges and decor stickers. M___ is actually Mimi Cruz, a woman heavily involved in the world of comic book art, both through her comic book store Night Flight Comics in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as an organiser of exhibitions and panels at various industry events. This weekend Mimi will be busy working behind the scenes of WonderCon.
Now, most of us have probably only become aware of WonderCon once Mr A’s participation at the presentation of Warner Bros. Into the Storm was announced. Mimi, on the other hand, has been involved in WonderCon and other cons for years. I am all too happy to actually oblige her with a very humble request she asked in return for her generous supply parcels. And this is where fandom, friendship and literacy overlap. The event she is organising is something I can 100% get behind. Mimi has been involved for many years in promoting literacy through comic book integration in the classroom. (I know from my own experience as an English teacher
many light years ago that the combination of colourful, flashy visuals and text can be stimulating and motivating for students, so I can only applaud the initiative.) This year she is bringing a specialist panel for educators and librarians to WonderCon that focusses specifically on comic books in the classroom. From the horse’s mouth:
For those planning on attending WonderCon • Sunday, April 20th 2014
Consider attending the Secret Origin of Good Readers specialty panel for educators and librarians.
• 12:30-2:00 The Secret Origin of Good Readers— Learn how to incorporate comic books into your classroom. New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), New York Times best-selling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) will provide insight and discuss how students can create their own comics in a classroom setting.
The Secret Origin of Good Readers reading list and resource book is a free PDF download at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin/index.html
courtesy of XMission.com.
Note: Limited quantities of Educator comic goodie bags will be made available to participants.
If any of you are planning on going to WonderCon
for drooling reasons rather than comic art appreciation – let’s be honest here – this is a panel that sounds interesting and worth-while. Plus, you may have the chance to see Mimi live and in action. Probably a tornado of activity of another kind :-D.
In other news: Looks as if Ricky Deeming has quite a few admirers.