Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Comics, Literacy, and Standards

Instructor: Andy Shuping

Dates: Not currently offered

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Comics have made their mark upon the world of entertainment, from movies, TV, to even music. Now they're beginning to show up in discussions on promoting education and literacy for students of all ages. How is this possible? And how do you make the argument to administration and teachers that comics have value beyond just entertainment? This course will give you the basics of terminology, standards that comics meet, and ways to sell these important works to the administration and faculty that you work with.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Define basic comics terms, such as gutter, panel, border, caption and more.
  • Outline a basic argument of how comics:
  • Support literacy and critical thinking skills
  • Support and meet the common core standards in multiple areas
  • Promote both verbal and visual literacy for readers
  • Match standards to comics
  • Match comics to programs and readers, based upon content, images, style and purpose.

Expectations: Grades will be based upon short quizzes on basic comics terminology, standards that comics meet, and final project of crafting a short proposal on how comics merit inclusion in the library and meet literary and educational standards.

Andrew Shuping

Andy Shuping is a former academic librarian and current student working on his MFA in Applied Cartooning at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. His goal is to help the community (librarians, educators, businesses, health care professionals, etc.) connect to the comics and graphic novel community, and vice versa. He has over 8 years experience working with comics and graphic novels, over 8 years experience as a professional librarian, a background in education, and a strong understanding of how comics and graphic novels help promote diverse learning styles. He can be found at and goes by the user name ashuping where ever he can, such as on Twitter: @ashuping

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.