Adan Alvarado is a high school Reading teacher in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He is a member of the Comics Education Outreach and has spoken on numerous panels about representation in comics, how comics can be used to spark political activism, and the multitude of ways comics can be utilized in the classroom. He has presented professional development programming at the American Library Association’s Summer Conference, Denver Comic Con, C2E2(Chicago) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Adan found his love of reading (and comics) via prized possessions such as Bartman #1: Bart Simpson Archenemy of Evil! , The “X-men Turn Thirty”, Wizard Magazine, and WildC.A.T.s #1. His classroom teaching tools now include graphic novel titles such as Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan.