Wood Block Press (WBP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit publishing company
The mission of Wood Block Press is to inspire love of literacy and a sense of identity, purpose, and potential in readers. We believe that history and individuals/players within each story can play a foundational role in understanding oneself and the potential that exists in each of us. We intend to spark the imagination by presenting in springing stories through graphic narratives.
Wood Block focuses in biographical accounts with an emphasis on minorities and women’s experiences. Our process involves historiographical research, collaboration with professional historians, and the use of historical collections of records and other artifacts. Through our publishing design, we present the reader with ongoing access to historical records, which expands the scope of the reading experience. The focus of our publications are structured with the reader in mind, but with a purposeful and robust compatibility to the needs of history and civics in schools.
Graphic Publishing Services Organization
WBP works to partner with and facilitate the developmental and publishing capacities for original biographical development and adaptation. These graphic titles appear in both printed and electronic formats.
Mission Statement, Vision, and Values
Wood Block Press (WBP) is committed to the proposition that storytelling, as it relates to the human experience, is an essential element for a civilized society. Through the use of existing or partnered historical research that is rigorous and vetted, graphic series will be produced that reflect the stories of people whose contributions constitute the social fabric of human experience.
What We Believe
We all have different backgrounds and experiences that make us uniquely skilled across innumerable, but often untapped areas of life. It is often through the collective stories or experiences we have that can inspire each of us to work to be more and to develop ourselves as individuals. There is academic value in learning history, but there is far greater civic and social value that comes from learning about the stories and experiences of others. Whether these stories remind us of ourselves or are unfamiliar, there is much to be gained in perspective for the listener or the reader.
The term 'fictive kinship' is an important and necessary component for civilized and productive relationships across society. The stories and accounts we will offer the reader are not our own, but those who have come before us or who are/were working and often struggling quietly with the rest. We seek to present accounts as they were lived, because one could simply not concur up some of the experiences and challenges lived by different people(s).
The WBP leadership comes from a variety of backgrounds, but are all educators at heart. Each brings with them the passion and belief that individuals and groups benefit when they are educated and have the opportunity to develop their minds. It is impossible to quantify what kind of influence individuals such as Katherine Johnson or Elizabeth Cady Stanton had on their contemporaries and those who followed. The influence of innumerable individuals transcends numerous barriers of professional and social discipline. We work to bring graphic novels written, illustrated, and connected to the important parts of civic and historical learning and utilize this medium to teach about the kind of forward-thinking ideas that have helped to propel the United States forward and adapt to a changing world.