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Here at “The Alternate Reality” we indulge in a weekly round table discussion/good natured debate of cool comics, movies, TV and other pop culture related foolishness. Recorded in the heart of beautiful downtown Mount Greenwood at the Alternate Reality Studio Center, “The Alternate Reality” is hosted by our regular contributors of south-sides sages and the occasional guest. We’re coming to you weekly so give us a listen at the player link below, or click here to download.

Feb 21, 2016

Guest: Adam, an area teacher

Second Period is Shop Class as we take what we created in Part One and attempt to build it into something. You want to introduce comics into the classroom but which ones? Assuming you]re a teacher who isn’t trapped by routine, you may want to consider swapping classic lit for graphic novels such as Lord of the Flies for the Walking Dead. But beware, comics aren’t taken seriously as literature in some places and breaking through that wall becomes part of the job. Some parents will insist on their kids reading classics one solution may be then the parents should read them too. We talk some real world problems and solutions to getting those comics in the classroom. Once in, part of the job then becomes “Selling” titles to kids with sales pitches. Amazingly some kids don’t want to read comics or even know how to read comics, and have to be shown. Kids not brought up reading comics, how do you help kids develop tastes in different genres? Titles to teach in the classroom are discussed including: Gareth Hines, No Fear Graphic Novels. Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon, I Kill Giants, Killing Joke, My Friend Dahmer, Something Terrible, Capote in Kansas, Yummy Stories.

Also discussed during the course of this episode: Battling Boys by Paul Pope, buying class sets of comics, Lord of the Flies, Hunger Games, Pride of Bagdad, Top 100 Graphic Novels Lists, Moby Dick, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Catcher in the Rye, Outsiders, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, CBLD, Texas textbook printing, C2E2.

If you’re a teacher who wants to learn more about using comics in the classroom check out these websites…

And after all that we wrap the show up with our regular weekly, unscripted, and totally unrehearsed “sad or luxurious” challenge. This week: SAD or LUXURIOUS: Kevin Smith (with a special appearance by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass)