Researching and understanding the exacting nature of the requirements to carry out this mission has resulted in the development of a solid business plan and strategic vision. To execute this organizational mission, WBP needs the support to recruit and retain skilled individuals that will hard to achieve tangible outcomes. While we are well-positioned for access and collaboration with expertise, we are seeking the financial means provided by resources and staffing.
Our business plan has been developed with collaboration at the center of the process. Through the de-centralized and free-lance nature of graphic arts, we are situated to facilitate efficient partnerships across numerous contexts of graphic production. Our operations are easily planned and scalable, with essential operations focused on oversight and production.
Patrons and Sponsors
Graphic novels and comic literature have a fixed set of costs and this is easily broken down across the number of issues annually. Private philanthropists and other sponsors may sponsor the costs associated with a particular title(s) or a series.
WBP maintains an ongoing agenda of grant identification, writing, and submission across the calendar year. We develop grants for different aspects of organizational operations to meet our broader mission.
WBP maintains ongoing grant writing and research activities and submissions. We have worked with agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities. While these grants are highly competitive, we believe in our mission and continuously work to collaborate with these agencies.
Numerous foundations across the United States are active in their support of the arts and history. With a robust base of potential funding partners, we work to cultivate these relationships in order to fulfill our mission.
Crowdfunding strategies are common with graphic publications. Kickstarter supports such campaigns and WBP will pursue this opportunity on a project-by-project basis, as appropriate. Kickstarter does not support multiple publication campaigns simultaneously, so we will be pragmatic with this platform.
Our Strategy for Collaboration and Publication
Students are the essential readership and we believe they can contribute too. We seek to develop partnerships with the fine/graphic arts faculty and students in various schools. There is ample opportunity and talent to develop a creative publishing capacity with students as the primary drivers. Working in an entrepreneurial fashion with schools and school districts, WBP facilitates strategies whereby classes and students may produce and contribute to a particular graphic narrative through the curriculum of a particular course. With this partnership, the school becomes a creative entity and the primary artist(s), thus bringing acclaim to the talent of their faculty and students. Partnerships benefit the school monetarily, and offer the rewards of applied experiences of graphic arts to the students. We are convinced that partnerships like this offer promise and the ability of a school to contribute to an important narrative in history will offer rewards, both tangible and intangible.
Independent Graphic Artists
The nature of the graphic arts industry is often decentralized. This is an advantage in keeping costs reasonable, but also gives us the flexibility to work with the creative energy and talent of younger artists. We embrace the different experiences that make someone compatible with a WBP project.
Graphic Novels Series
Teaching, Learning, and Literacy
Serious Afficianados and Leisurely Readers
Wood Block Press publications will be based in historical research and/or other vetted sources so that accurate, useful, and engaging information is a consistent feature across all issues.
The educational standards that guide instruction for teachers are multilayered and come from a variety of different organizational resources. Since there is not a single set of educational standards that guide all history or other instruction, WBP will reference the appropriate educational standard frameworks (see sample of Educational Standards listed below) in identifying and demonstrating the instructional connection to the content of the publication. This will be identified in a manner that is supportive of teacher instruction, but not to the point of constituting a textbook. The format for this information will be seamlessly integrated into the reading materials.
WBP will utilize a broad approach to aligning standards in this area so teachers are the ones handling the finer details of their instructional goals and planning as they may relate to these titles. WBP is there to support the process through appropriate connections to standards. a
WBP is committed to collaborating with curriculum and developmental specialists to ensure that historical content is supporting learning in schools. Our publications will follow particular themes and/or historical strands, so a system of identification is embedded across the publication for ease in familiarity and use. A solid framework will be established between the content presented and the academic discipline in which it is written, thus presenting the teacher with a resource for focused facilitation of student learning.
The bodies of educational standards will generally be drawn from the following sources as they are utilized by K-12 settings, but WBP will modify this list or the standards utilized as is relevant.
We are committed to the effective use of data analytics and review in the further development of engaging and effective content. A system will be embedded within and across publications so that a consistent level of review and support is always possible and in place. This system will be comprised of preselected print-points for QRC or other relevant scanning codes that enable the reader or user of a smart device that has scanned the title just read to instantly connect to additional web-based resources. The presence of this feature further enhances the impact and multimodal nature of the subject.
Process of Student Review
Prior to the distribution of publications from Wood Block Press, a system for student review will be built into the process. WBP will share graphic content with the readers in age groups we serve and solicit feedback for improvement. This process is to ensure that this organization’s publications remain relevant in the ways they are intended and it has accurate data to make informed organizational and/or content decisions. This applies not only to the subjects published but also the themes explored.
The following steps describe the general process for the creation of Wood Block Press graphic novels and literature. There are naturally changes and modifications required in each unique situation, but the sequence describes the general order of operations.