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Outside the Panels: Comics, the Classroom, and the Creative Life

Outside the Panels: Comics, the Classroom, and the Creative Life

by CJ Standal
Outside the Panels: Comics, the Classroom, and the Creative Life

Outside the Panels: Comics, the Classroom, and the Creative Life

by CJ Standal


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Curated from his writings for Graphic Policy--covering everything from a childhood love of superheroes to an ongoing exploration of more mature comics and geeky experiences--CJ Standal offers deep analysis into one of the hottest media today and the life of those who grew up loving that medium: comics.

A former high school English teacher, one who created and ran a graphic novel class, Standal reflects on his experiences designing and teaching such a unique course. Get in on the ground floor of one of the most exciting movements in education!

A critically acclaimed comic creator in the last five years, Standal covers the process of creating a comic: taking an idea from outline to script to comic page. Not only that, but Standal walks the reader through the steps of publication and running a successful Kickstarter.

With something for everyone--autobiographical essays on being a geek, analysis of some of the medium's best stories and movements, a guide on how to produce and sell comics--Outside the Panels is a treat for casual readers, educators, and creators alike!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578628981
Publisher: Cj Standal Productions
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Rebirth of the Gangster was CJ's first comic work, but he has been active as a writer in other contexts before that and will shortly release B.A.E. Wulf from Markosia Publishing. He wrote for the now-defunct Slant and is now writing for Graphic Policy; he also writes a blog at his own site, He used to teach high school English, including a class on graphic novels, bringing his lifelong love of comics to academia; now, he writes and works with software full-time. When not writing, he can be found snuggling up for a good read next to his girlfriend and cat in Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Outside the Panels


The Trouble with Books

E or Not to E (Book)?

The Wire: It’s Not TV, It’s Not Even HBO--It’s Better


James Robinson’s Starman: The Unrepentant Collector

Rolling Blackouts: People Over Politics

The Forbidden Chamber: An Interview with Sarah Searle About Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

A Ghost of a Chance: An Interview with Hien Pham About Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

Hope Nicholson Talks Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

History of Informational Comics: World War II and Post-War Government Comics

Comic Collecting--Hoarding?

Objet D’Art: The Standard of Ur

The Classroom

Opening the Doors to Comics in the Classroom

Comics in the Classroom Revisited: Looking on the Sunnier Side of Teaching Graphic Novels

Leaving the Comics Classroom

Exercises in Cartooning

The Creative Life

Creating Rebirth of the Gangster (Parts 1-9)

The Seeds of Rebirth of the Gangster: Pruning the Comic’s Family Tree of Influences

Big Fish in a Small Con

Small Fish in a Big Con (Parts 1 and 2)

Running a Successful Kickstarter

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