A few weeks ago, I was talking with some friends of mine and we brought up Todd Nauck. For those who don’t know Todd, he is a career comic book artist who has worked on everything from Spider-Man to Batman. I’ve been a fan of his since the 90s and Todd is always doing a “retweet” contest on Twitter when he is at a comic con. We were talking about how he has created some amazing work with his twitter posting and how we could use that for the classroom and a great idea came to me.
Todd’s schedule is busy but he has done such much amazing sketches at various comic conventions he has done various characters in different ways and even done originals based on fan requests. One of my favorite ones is when he did a Jedi Spider-Man. Yes, a Jedi Spider-Man. So, how could this work in your classroom? Well, let’s look at the basis for both Star Wars and Spider-Man. What do they have in common? Both learned with great power comes great responsibility. As powerful as a Jedi is, they can fall victim to the darkside. Much like how it keys into Spider-Man’s origin when he let a criminal get away at his wrestling spot and that same criminal went on to kill his uncle. Showing when we don’t know our responsibility to things, bad things can happen. This is a great lesson for students. What are their responsibilities? What are the consequences if they don’t follow them? What about the rewards with them? It’s a great way to teach self-reflection with students.
A recent one was Daredevil in his old 90s armor costume. What is the significance to the look? How can it relate to the era and the birth of grunge music? What about the darker elements that were moved away from in the late 90s and have recently returned now. Why did these changes occur? What was going on in the world at the time? How is the law practiced now compared to say 1993? Many ways you can go about this. What’s even more amazing is this takes a key lesson from Quinn Rollins’s Play like a Pirate. You don’t have to use Todd Nauck as a reference. What can Jack Kirby’s artwork from the 60s and the 40s show? What about a local artist who loves to do commissions on Megaman they share on twitter? There are many ways you can use comic art and social media to teach lessons in the classroom from Social Studies to STEAM. Give a try.