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Roger Shimomura on Studio 360

My favorite painting teacher from university is the subject of a feature on one of my favorite radio shows:Studio 360 on WNYC. As it turns out, I contacted Roger when I was embarking on “Take What You Can Carry.” He spent part of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp and I wrote him to […]

Residencies and Workshops in March

A busy month. I’ll be at the following schools: Paterson Public School #7- halfway through a 20 day residency. Emerson Middle School in Union City- 5 day residency. Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Trenton- 4 day residency. Bloomfield High School plus my History of Monsters class starts up at the Montclair Cooperative School and my regular […]

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Post on MacKids blog

The blog for MacMillan Children’s Publishing has a post of mine and the role of research in the creative process. Here’s the (link) and it’s short enough that I’ll post it here too. When the plot for “Take What You Can Carry” first came to me, specifically the idea of setting half the story in […]

The Art of Gaman

One of the aspects of the Japanese-Internment camps that figures prominently in “Take What You Can Carry” is what author and curator Delphine Hirasuna calls the “Art of Gaman.” “Gaman” is a japanese word that means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.” Faced with huge amounts of free time in a harsh and […]

TWYCC Research notes

  Over the next few months I’m going to post links and research notes about the history that serves as a back drop for Take What You Can Carry. The book is structured as two interlocking narratives, one of which tells the story of a 12 year-old Japanese American boy who is relocated to an […]

Residencies, short and long.

I just started a couple of residencies in Northern New Jersey. I’m 2 days into a 5 day residency in at Gilmore School in Union City. I just introduced the students to complex facial emotions and they came up with some great work I’ll be posting later. Meanwhile, I had my first meeting with the […]

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Surprise in the Mail

  My first copies of Take What You Can Carry just arrived. I wasn’t even expecting these so it was quite a surprise. I’m very happy with the paper stock, which is a non-gloss, warm white. The color on the sepia sections for the camps really works and the cover stock is textured, making it […]

Busy Winter and Spring a brewing

I guess a lot of folks in the education world are starting to see the advantages of using comics as an arts education strategy for combining creativity and literacy. A year ago I retooled my basics comics class to directly engage with grade appropriate language arts standards and that seems to be a factor in […]

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Past Workshops

Comix Journalism Built on an investigative project-based education model, this workshop teaches basic journalism techniques of research, interviews and reportorial narrative and applies them to producing non-fiction comics on a specific subject of academic interest. Students learn basics of sequential story-telling and comic construction. Examples of successful non-fiction comics are presented and analyzed for visual […]

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