In 2022, the MDC Graphic Novel Group was awarded the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries for our project, Mirror, Mirror: Seeing Ourselves in Graphic Novels.
The project was based on the idea that discussing and creating sequential art with a focus on body image may help our diverse community of students cope with racism, sexism, ableism, and other societal pressures.
This page contains reading lists of graphic novels that explore issues associated with body image and identity, plus resources to aid faculty who may wish to use graphic literature to approach these issues in the classroom.
In the spring of 2023, the Graphic Novel Group hosted the following series of grant-funded events:
- January 25, 2023
Body Image in Graphic Literature
A panel discussion on body image and eating disorders as seen through the lens of three different graphic memoirs.
Special guest: Dr. Jessica Saunders, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey
- February 8, 2023
The Power of Storytelling
A presentation by Academic Support Writing Coach Tess Cusidor and Learning Resources Instructional Assistant Dennis Edelen on the narrative aspects of graphic literature.
- February 15, 2023
A hands-on workshop to encourage and equip students to tell their own stories in graphic novel form.
Special guest: Comic book artist Sajad Shah
- March 29, 2023
Art Display & Comic Makerspace
A "make your own comic" event accompanied by a display of art inspired by the Storyboarding Workshop.
The GNG’s goal is to raise awareness of the educational value of graphic novels and graphic nonfiction, and to support the use of these materials across the curriculum. For more information, visit the Teaching Resources page.