Kicking off Digital Writing Month

As I have mentioned, I am going to be following Digital Writing Month, and I am creating a series of webcomics to go along with it. I don’t expect to meet the 50,000 words. But I hope to do some exploration and tinkering and playing around with mediums.

Here is a comic that I created yesterday:
DigiWriMo 2012

But then, I thought about the idea of using a webcomic platform to create a comic in a comic, in a comic. It was sparked by the thought that code might be text in this kind of challenge.

Digital Writing Month MetaComic Kickoff

Yeah. That’s how my month might be heading …

Peace (in the frames)


  1. I think that I hear you saying that even you, the “king of tech teach,” are at times, overwhelmed by the rapidly growing nature of technology and the fact that students often have a far better grasp of this literacy than you do. If I am misinterpreting your comic please forgive me, as I am extremely new at this “tech stuff” (as I say fondly and fearfully say in the same breath). Would you use comics in a similar sense as a graphic novel in that they are interesting to adolescents and can be texts that may be possibly “paired” with other texts, or would you use them on a more singular basis, on their own merit? Would you have students create them and in what context (have you had much success using them in the past and have them been always on the web or have they ever been used in a more traditional way, like print, for instance, newspaper?)? I am sure that you have addressed some of these issues elsewhere in your site (so please do not feel obligated to answer); however, I am new and I have not had the pleasure of exploring the nooks and crannies yet, though I am working on it.
    Thanks for working day in and day out on such a great site–I don’t know where you find the time to teach and share with other teachers.

    • I’d say those are great questions. And yes, although I am definitely not a king of tech, I often feel as if things are shifting fasting than I can dance, but I keep on dancing! As for the comics/graphic element, we have used graphic novel writing as partners to text (students get chapters of a book and a page of frames and need to create a collaborative graphic novel). But we have also used webcomics as a single assignment — I’ve had students do creative writing and writing response and others. Not every kid loves comics, but I do find that it can reach a certain population of kids who otherwise might not be all that engaged in writing.

  2. It’s funny because I am planning to try my hand at a web comic for #digiwrimo myself, but I’ve been pondering how to determine a word count for it. I would have never thought of using the code to do so. Brilliant!

    I’m really enjoying following your #digiwrimo web comic! And I’m learning from it as well.

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