Back at Dragon*Con in September, we spoke with comics creator Josh Elder about his awesome project, Reading With Pictures. He’s teamed up with some other folks in the comics industry to help bring comic books into the realm of education and to break down some of the barriers that have been keeping comics out of classrooms. Since our interview with Josh, he’s been hard at work on RWP and has set up a website for the organization. Now Josh and his group are planning a fundraiser auction in December, and they’re looking for donations of original art, as well as prints and books. Here’s what the official press release has to say:
Reading With Pictures, an educational non-profit that promotes the use of comics and graphic novels in the classroom, is actively soliciting donations of original art, prints and books/collectibles for an art auction fundraiser to be held in December. RWP is also accepting proposals for 1-10 page short stories (both story and art) to be included in a full-color, all-ages benefit anthology intended for publication in the summer of 2010. The proceeds from both will be used as seed money for the organization and will be put toward its application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The earnings will also be used to fund the non-profit’s initial slate of projects, such as a groundbreaking research study undertaken in conjunction with Northwestern University to determine the best methods for using comics and graphic novels in the classroom.
You can check out the Reading With Pictures website at ReadingWithPictures.org, and you can get in touch with Josh and the crew at [email protected]. It’s a worthy cause during the holidays, so check them out!