The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation

The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation

by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Nadja Baer
     
 
Round Table Comics' adaptation of the supreme law of the United States of America, created by the team at Round Table Companies, includes 100% of the original text from the Constitution as well as a narrative to communicate the concepts from one of history's most important documents. Full color illustration throughout combines an entertaining read with the factual

Overview

Round Table Comics' adaptation of the supreme law of the United States of America, created by the team at Round Table Companies, includes 100% of the original text from the Constitution as well as a narrative to communicate the concepts from one of history's most important documents. Full color illustration throughout combines an entertaining read with the factual accuracy that readers of history expect. Adapted by Nadja Baer (Delivering Happiness: A Round Table Comic, Altucher Confidential: A Round Table Comic), illustrated by Nathan Lueth (Altucher Confidential, Everything's Okay), and overseen by former documentary filmmaker David Cohen, now VP of Round Table. Guidance provided by Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida.

After releasing a variety of graphic works based on licensed bestselling business and motivational titles, Round Table Companies is turning to the educational market and releasing The Constitution. The full-color work includes the full text of the U.S. Constitution, brought to life by illustrations that examine its creation.

Round Table Companies is best known for its line of Round Table Comics, comic adaptations of bestselling business titles like Chris Anderson's The Long Tail, or bestelling motivational titles like Robert Renteria's Mi Barrio (based on From the Barrio to the Board Room). Since 2010 the company has published multiple lines of nonfiction graphic adaptations of books by Tony Hsieh, Marshall Goldsmith, Tom Hopkins, Larry Winget and Chris Anderson.

RTC worked with Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida, to produce a curriculum guide to supplement the comic book in the classroom. The curriculum guide has been released free of charge.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Whether you're a parent, a teacher, or an interested citizen, what if you could explain the Constitution and the disagreements that led to its crafting in about an hour? Round Table Companies, a publishing company, has done just that by assigning to a writer and an artist the challenge of creating a graphic adaptation to explain the writing of the United States Constitution and the effort the founding fathers exerted to ratify it.
--Kate Kelly, Huffington Post, February 27, 2012

“A breezy take on the past, but that’s the point: to produce a comic that youngsters will actually be inclined to read, and perhaps even re-read.”

--The A.V. Club; March 2012 ,
http://www.avclub.com/articles/graphic-novels-artcomics-march-2012,70229/#comment-456898966

I highly recommend [The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation] to anyone interested in United States history, or to teachers or families wanting to teach kids about our government in an entertaining way. I will be using it with my own kids whenever we study United States history or U.S. Government.

--Jenny Williams, Geek Dad; March 14, 2012
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/constitution-comics/

While the U.S. Constitution’s primary value is as a document, it is also a historical artifact that embodies the fascinating story of its own creation. In this version, Baer and Lueth (who coauthor the online graphic novel Impure Blood) generously cover both aspects, and the core text (the first ten amendments are noted but the text is not provided) is intercut with the drama of a Constitutional Congress that actually drafted an innovative work despite personal prejudices, turf wars, the divisive slavery issue, and the searing heat of a 1780s Philadelphia summer. In a triumph of character design, Lueth has created distinct, memorable images for each of the many delegates who hacked through their Gordian knots as the summer dragged on. Hill & Wang’s lengthier book of the same name includes all amendments and more background, but this volume dramatizes the compelling soap opera of egos that, against considerable odds, managed to create the imperfect yet sorely needed document that has endured for more than two centuries. VERDICT While context for some plot elements is not clear, this graphic novel dramatizes a historical precedent for group action despite disagreement that we should heed today. A free curriculum guide by Katie Monnin (Teaching Graphic Novels) is available. Recommended for tweens through adults in and out of the classroom.
--Library Journal, May, 15, 2012

Huffington Post, February 27, 2012 - Kate Kelly
Whether you're a parent, a teacher, or an interested citizen, what if you could explain the Constitution and the disagreements that led to its crafting in about an hour? Round Table Companies, a publishing company, has done just that by assigning to a writer and an artist the challenge of creating a graphic adaptation to explain the writing of the United States Constitution and the effort the founding fathers exerted to ratify it.
March 2012 The A.V. Club
A breezy take on the past, but that’s the point: to produce a comic that youngsters will actually be inclined to read, and perhaps even re-read.
Geek Dad, March 14, 2012 - Jenny Williams
I highly recommend The United States Constitution: A Round Table Comic Graphic Adaptation to anyone interested in United States history, or to teachers or families wanting to teach kids about our government in an entertaining way. I will be using it with my own kids whenever we study United States history or U.S. Government.
Library Journal
While the U.S. Constitution's primary value is as a document, it is also a historical artifact that embodies the fascinating story of its own creation. In this version, Baer and Lueth (who coauthor the online graphic novel Impure Blood) generously cover both aspects, and the core text (the first ten amendments are noted but the text is not provided) is intercut with the drama of a Constitutional Congress that actually drafted an innovative work despite personal prejudices, turf wars, the divisive slavery issue, and the searing heat of a 1780s Philadelphia summer. In a triumph of character design, Lueth has created distinct, memorable images for each of the many delegates who hacked through their Gordian knots as the summer dragged on. Hill & Wang's lengthier book of the same name includes all amendments and more background, but this volume dramatizes the compelling soap opera of egos that, against considerable odds, managed to create the imperfect yet sorely needed document that has endured for more than two centuries. VERDICT While context for some plot elements is not clear, this graphic novel dramatizes a historical precedent for group action despite disagreement that we should heed today. A free curriculum guide by Katie Monnin (Teaching Graphic Novels) is available. Recommended for tweens through adults in and out of the classroom.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610660259
Publisher:
Writers of the Round Table Press
Publication date:
04/16/2012
Pages:
82
Sales rank:
455,275
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Nadja has been a words-nerd all her life. She speaks English, German, Italian, and Spanish (with varying degrees of fluency), can teach Taekwondo classes in Korean, and is currently working on expanding her French vocabulary. Since receiving a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing with a minor in US History at the University of Minnesota, she has served as the office thesaurus, dictionary, translator, and spell-checker in every one of her day jobs. She wrote her first terrible novella at the age of eight, and is now focused on writing comics and novels for young adults. Her work can be seen for free in the online graphic novel,Impure Blood(www.impurebloodwebcomic.com), which is drawn by her soon-to-be husband, Nathan Lueth. Other illustrated projects she has scripted for Round Table include Everything's Okay (Sept 2011), Altucher Confidential (Dec 2011), Delivering Happiness (March 2012), and Influence: Science & Practice (July 2012). Aside from a love of a good story with pretty pictures, Nadja and Nathan share a house, a cat, a turtle, and a belief that more people should embrace their inner nerd

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