Students self-publish comics to get youth reading more
DC Comics artist Tom Grummett makes special appearance for student Comic-Con
A Saskatoon school held its own version of Comic-Con showcasing student-made comics promoting youth literacy in the Bridge City.
Over the last month students at Bishop Klein School designed their own comic books — complete with 3D printed characters and short, stop-motion movies.
On Thursday the school invited Saskatoon's own DC Comics artist Tom Grummett to sit down with students and answer questions. He also shared his story about how he came to work for one of the world's leading comic book publishers.
Now Grummett's work can be seen in titles such as The New Titans and the Adventures of Superman.
Grummett told CBC News comics was how he started reading, writing and drawing and comic books have been passed down his family through generations.
"Comics are reader-breeders," Grummett said. "My kids grew up with comic books in the house. They are both voracious readers and my grandkids have grown up with comic books in the house."
He added comics are a great stepping stone especially for young readers because the beautiful artwork draws the kids in and hopefully the story keeps them hungry for more.
"It's not a big stretch to go from Batman to The Three Musketeers or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and then onwards from there. You can do worse than put a comic book in the hands of a kid."
Blessie Carino produced a comic book about banishing negativity from the world. She said she wanted to both inspire other kids to read as well as have a more positive outlook.
Carino added kids would likely get more involved in reading at younger ages if they started with comic books rather than long hundred-page novels.
"Comics are more interesting than novels, but novels are good to read too. But if you're more on the fun side and in the mood for reading more creative than I would go with comics," she said.