While working towards my Master’s degree, I developed programs that used comic books to help children with dyslexia and developmental difficulties learn how to read.
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Throughout 2016, Steve Ellis and I will be traveling around the country — visiting schools, libraries, and bookstores — teaching children how to make their own comics and leading workshops on teamwork, self-reliance, and personal development.
We’re eager to share our experiences and empower the next generation of great artists, great writers, and great teachers.When I reflect back on my career as a teacher, I feel a sense of pride knowing that I was able to provide an environment that was nurturing, uplifting, and educational.
There were a series of weeks — of bad weeks — where one of my students, who wasn’t yet potty-trained, would reach into his diaper and smear whatever was in there on anything he could reach.
There were days when all of the progress I had made with students was undone because of a change in an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)or curriculum.
Teaching will surprise you every single day — it will often make you cry — either from laughter, stress, or sadness.
The best way to get through it is by finding the positive in every situation.I often look back on those bad days, and there were more than a few, wondering how the heck I got through them. The first time I got one of my students to chain a sentence together, or that time I developed a program to help one of my non-responsive students communicate, or even taking field trips to Discovery Zone.
Inspired by classic pulp novels, old-time radio broadcasts and Saturday morning cartoons, the first volume of Harvey Award Winning Creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ adventure series THE ONLY LIVING BOY will be available for the first time in print on March 8th 2016! The series features the adventures of Erik Farell, a runaway boy who awakens on a strange planet to discover he just might be the last human alive. With this series, I’m exploring how children adapt to adversity.”Gallaher’s fantastic story & exotic locales are filled with dangerous creatures but his characters are instantly relatable to young readers.
Erik must befriend an insect princess and a mermaid warrior in order to defeat an evil dragon and a slew of dangerous creatures! They grapple with issues like intolerance, finding self confidence, and feeling like the odd person out.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to bring an extra of clothes.
You never know what life might fling at you.”Gallaher’s experiences as a teacher informs not only his creative process, but also how he and Steve Ellis interact with THE ONLY LIVING BOY’s growing fanbase.
Workshops will be held at the following locations: Harrison, NYAW YEAH COMICSMarch 5, Early Afternoon Montclair, NJEAST SIDE MAGSMarch 5, Late Afternoon Staten Island, NYCOMIC BOOK JONESMarch 6Brooklyn, NYELK (David Only!