Andy Wales (sometimes known at the Mighty Andar) presented his thoughts on reading, writing and creativity to maybe 30 art students, education majors and classroom teachers. He described himself as a "man with a mission." He had much scholarly research to backup his belief that by, reading and creating comics, kids can develop their language skills. We all agreed that working with comics was more fun than doing worksheets!
Above Andy demonstrates how we were soon to create our own comic character by using various elements from the "Sunday Comics." We received a crash course in "word balloon" development. One of the classroom teachers ended up with a strange looking fellow who was asking, "Hey girls, don't you think I'm cute?!?"