Logically, history and culture should converge in unique and instructive ways as people talk and interact with each other. Unfortunately, this kind of experience is not the norm for most students of history and social studies. A common result of an emphasis on testing can boil history down to a set of particular dates and facts for purposes of an exam. This de-values most features that a proper study of history would provide for any student’s education. History is no longer used as an important lens for decision-making, as it once was. Since the beginning of recorded human history, graphic images have conveyed important meanings and stories. Visual modalities like graphic novels uniquely engage the readers.
A solution to this dilemma, and the one around which Wood Block Press is based, lies in the proper conception of graphic mediums like graphic novels and comic literature. These mediums (printed and e-version) represent an engaging learning venue for students of all ages. The value of graphic arts and design is self-evident in the vast social and material presence in our media. For over one hundred years, comic literature has been an essential feature of our entertainment landscape that continues to evolve. Modern versions are as edgy as the author wishes to make them and with modern technology, only a mouse-click away.
One of the essential ingredients in the pursuit of social progress comes from the examples set by our contemporaries and those who have come before us - Americans with stories for us to enjoy and learn from. This is the mission I believe in.
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