Review of Sisters

  By Ronell Whitaker Written & Art by Raina Telgemeier Appropriate for grades: 2nd grade and up   Review When I first read Raina Telgemeier’s 2010 graphic novel Smile, I had trouble relating. As a high school teacher, I couldn’t…

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Up, Up and Away: Innovative Comics Leap Across Content Areas

At Pop Culture Classroom, one of our primary missions is to show that comics and graphic novels are more than superheroes in tights and capes. We believe comics transcend their typical associations as “lowbrow” or “simplistic” texts, offering educators new…

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PSA - Denver Comic Con 2017

DCC’17 PSA: Tips for Speed Pass Holders

It’s almost con time! The following information provides some helpful guidance to make your con experience more enjoyable. UPDATE: We now have an entry map to help you find where to go when you arrive! Click the button below to…

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Pride of Baghdad Review

By Michael Gianfrancesco Brian K. Vaughan’s and Niko Henrichon’s 2006 masterpiece Pride of Baghdad combines fact and fiction in a way that not only creates an impactful and poignant story, but also makes serious and complex themes accessible to just…

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Name the Denver Comic Con Beer!

The annual “Name the Denver Comic Con Beer” contest starts today! This is the 6th year Breckenridge Brewery has brewed a special beer just for the con. The 2017 DCC beer is a Bohemian-style Pilsner. It’s delicate and well-balanced, light…

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Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education is speaking at TEDxCU

Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education, Illya Kowalchuk, M. Ed., is speaking at TEDxCU! As part of the event, Mr. Kowalchuk will give a must-see talk about PCC’s innovative program LEAD With Comics, a unique project that educates inmates at…

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

  Written by Johnathon Hennessey Art by Aaron McConnell Appropriate for Grades: Middle School and up REVIEW In interesting times such as these, the laws and traditions of the United States are finding themselves hotly debated on a daily basis….

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Finding Inspiration: Comics as a Pathway to Reading

By Michael Gianfrancesco, Comics Education Outreach “Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” —Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus, A Survivor’s Tale When I first began teaching comics in the classroom over a dozen years ago, one of the…

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Looking for Focus Group Participants!

Calling all educators! Pop Culture Classroom is looking for participants for a focus group! PCC is starting the Graphic Novels Lending Library, a program where educators can rent graphic novel libraries for instructional purposes. We want graphic novels to be…

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Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Written by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis Art by Brooke Allen Appropriate for Grades: 3rd grade and up REVIEW Full disclosure: When I was growing up, I was obsessed with all things related to summer camp. I loved Meatballs, and…

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