06/06/18: The Comic Book Project returned to Ethiopia this past spring to help primary and secondary youths design their original comic books. Here are some pics from the workshops and events...
10/12/17: Another great year of the Comic Book Project underway! It's great to see all of our participants and partners around the world going strong.
6/24/2017: We celebrated 17 years of creativity, literacy, and youth development this week with some incredible celebrations. Special thanks to Darryl McDaniels (aka DMC of Run-DMC) for being our guest and helping to inspire the kids. Also thanks to the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, ExpandEd Schools, Barnes & Noble, and BRIC Center. See you in the Fall!
09/05/2016: We are gearing up for another exciting school year! Among the new exciting projects we are launching is an international youth initiative with partners in Australia. We look forward to this and many more comics projects over the next 12 months.
06/08/2016: The Comic Book Project celebrated its 16th year recently with a great NYC citywide showcase at the Barnes & Noble Upper East Side. Special thanks to Jerry Craft for inspiring the kids with an awesome presentation! Next up is a special event in partnership with the rapper DMC and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. Youths from 25 schools in NYC will be putting their comics on display for friends, family, and community members. Three groups of kids were selected to have their work designed and published by DMC Comics.
04/06/2016: The Comic Book Project had a great trip to Colima, Mexico, where the program celebrated its international impact. We worked with educators, youths, and community advocates to bring creative literacy practices to schools in and around central Mexico. A huge gracias to everyone who made the program there possible.
01/04/2016: We are kicking off the new year with over 30 after-school programs in NYC working on the Comic Book Project through the support of ExpandEd Schools and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. The citywide theme is commuity. We look forward to seeing all the amazing youth comics at our annual celebration in the spring!
05/29/2015: The Comic Book Project hosted yet another amazing NYC citywide celebration at the Barnes & Noble Upper Eastside. This year youths in after-school programs across NYC created original comics on the theme of leadership. The event brought together the young comics creators with their instructors, parents, friends, and community members. The program in NYC was produced in partnership with The After-School Corporation (TASC) with support from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. We thank everyone for being there!
08/31/2014: The Comic Book Project is gearing up for another great year with programs running across the US as well as new programs launching in China and Jordan. Among the many interesting projects is a summer workshop that we did at historic Schoharie Crossing in New York State. Check out the feature article from the Daily Gazette.
05/13/14: We are excited for our upcoming annual NYC citywide celebration at Barnes & Noble, Upper Eastside. This event will bring together youths from across the city to celebrate their original comics. The guest speaker is comics creator MK Reed. Special thanks to Barnes & Noble for their ongoing support of this event for youths, families, and community members.
12/17/13: We will be kicking off 2014 with an innovative partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library and New York City Housing Authority. Through a grant from the federal Institute of Library and Museum Services, together we will implement “Read! Write! Create!,” a literacy program focused on comic book creation, which targets families with children between the ages five and nine who reside in three public housing developments and the surrounding low-income neighborhoods. The program will reach 600 children and their caregivers over two years.
10/29/13: The Comic Book Project in Nigeria was a great success! We launched the project in partnership with the Reading Association of Nigeria, and support from the Ford Foundation and the UN's Institute for International Education. It was an amazing experience and a cultural exchange unlike any other. We know that the teachers and librarians in Nigeria are going to do great things with the project; we look forward to seeing all of the great comics by Nigerian primary and secondary students.
10/02/13: We has a great time at Wildcat ComicCon in Williamsport, PA. Penn College was a great host! The Comic Book Project presentation featured participants from around the world who dropped in online through a Google hangout. Now onto Nigeria, only 10 days away...
7/10/13: It's official! The Comic Book Project is going to Nigeria in October. Needless to say, we are incredibly excited. Project Founder Dr. Michael Bitz will give the keynote address at the Reading Association of Nigeria's annual conference and then launch the project at elementary and middle schools in Nsukka and Owerri. This is happening with the support of the Ford Foundation. We plan to web-stream much of our work there through a partnership with Google. Check back for more updates!
6/10/13: Thank you to Barnes & Noble for hosting our 10th annual city wide celebration in NYC. It was an incredible event with many students, parents, and educators. The comics were incredible, and so were the young comic book creators. We look forward to seeing everyone there again next year! Here are some pics from the celebration.
4/29/2013: We will be hosting an open online forum on Google Plus called Comics Go Global: An International Celebration of Youth Comics, featuring youth comic book creators and their teachers from a round the world. The event will be streamed live on YouTube. Follow us on Google Plus to get the link!
4/12/2013: Our annual citywide celebration in NYC will take place on Thurs, May 30, 2013, 5-7 pm, Barnes & Noble on 86th Street between Lexington Ave and Third Ave. Students from across NYC will be exhibiting their incredible comic books!