The R.O.I. on Discover Comics, Brandon Dayton & UMOCA

  • September 24, 2015
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Discover_Logo Discover Comics sample panel for use in classroom.


Comic Con is on in SLC. You may spy a lot of Klingons, superheroes, and other cosplay creatures wandering the streets. But let’s go back to that first bit — comic, as in the hand-drawn medium. It's something one SLC artist wants to see more widely used in the classroom. KRCL's Lara Jones met up with artist Brandon Dayton at Blue Copper Coffee recently. It’s where you can find him most Tuesday evenings for something called Draw Night:


ROI - Discover Comics wtih Brandon Dayton UMOCA

Discover Comics: Comic-Making for Educators
Saturday, 10:00am - 3:15pm
Free to attend

With the hugely popular Comic Con storming into SLC this fall, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is excited to present educators and teaching artists ways to introduce comic-making into their curriculums. Discover Comics will also include a youth 8-12 workshop that will go over comic-making basics, and educators are invited to observe. Special guest cartoonists and educators Quin Rollins and Jerzy Drozd will present these unique opportunities. The day’s programming is as follows:

Schedule for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015:

10-11:30 AM | Comics in the Classroom
Discover how using comics and graphic novels engages students, supports literacy, and makes school more fun for your students … and you! This is an introduction to the power of comics as a teaching resource.

10-11:30 AM | Comics: A Pathway to Learning
What can students learn from creating their own comics? When reading comics, a reader infers what happens between the panels to construct the overall story, as well as predicts the outcome of a story based on the author’s choices of moment. Exploring comics affords students the opportunity to express sophisticated ideas through images, improving reading fluency and comprehension.

1:30-2:30 PM | Write with Images (Youth 8-12, Educators observe)
Learn how a cartoonist uses drawings, panel size, and crazy sound effects to immerse their readers in the story! Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd will lead you in an interactive discussion on some of the fundamental comics storytelling principles, after which you’ll be invited to create a short comics story of your own.

2:45-3:15 PM | Thinking/Linking
This follow-up session with Jerzy Drozd will give educators the opportunity to brainstorm, discuss and develop their own lesson plan and strategies based on the day’s training.

USOE licensure credit is available for all sessions, and are appropriate for all subjects and grade levels. Please RSVP to