Comic Books for Social Change Workshops

Comic Books for Social Change Workshops



Comic books are an ideal and creative way to reach teenagers, engage them with digital media, and create characters and stories that address social issues in their community. During the hands-on session, the participants discuss how to educate their community about the problems of sexual violence and other issues. The students script their stories, and create the comics on paper. Afterwards, the comics are printed and distributed to their friends, family, and community. Developed throuhg HIVE Digital Media Learning Fund.

Download the digital comic books curriculum. (PDF)

Creating comic books for social change in Mumbai, India

Comic books can move teenagers to action and help them creatively inspire and move their community. The first innovative Mozilla Maker Party and workshop focused on the problem of sexual violence was held in Dharavi, Mumbai at the Colour Box run by Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA). Local teenagers created their own comic book art and then converted them into animated films. Renowned comic book artist Chaitanya Modak with InHouse Design based in Mumbai ran the session with Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla and staff from SNEHA and the Mozilla Foundation – creators of the popular browser, Firefox.

Four Day Workshop was held September 10-13, 2014 at Colour Box, Building no: 25, 90 Feet Road, Dharavi, Mumbai, INDIA 400 017. Co-Sponsored by SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) & Mozilla’s Maker Party. Workshop lead by Comic Book Designer Chaitanya Modak.

Digital comic books for social change lab, NYC

We held a “Digital Comics for Social Change” LAB at Art and Design High School in New York City to develop the model and curriculum for students and teachers to use to implement this simple and impactful workshop in their communities. Students worked with an experienced comic book artist and mentor to script, design, color, and layout a comic book before turning it into animated GIFs using Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker and augmented reality pages using Blippar’s free AR software and APP. The teaching artists were comic book artists Ivan Velez, George Zavala, and technologist Ram Devineni. The sessions were run by City Lore through the support of the HIVE Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust.

Comics for Social Causes Workshops in India, January 2017

Workshops and presentations to educate and engage students and professionals on using comic books and cartoons to address social issues through new technologies and forms of storytelling and journalistic practices around the world. Additionally, we will do a Hack-a-thon using augmented reality technology. Featuring Benjamin Dix, Dan Goldman & Ram Devineni. The sessions are supported through a grant by Consulate General of the United States, Chennai.
January 25, 2017 — L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy, Chennai — Interactive and New Forms of Storytelling
January 27, 2017 — M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai — Social Change Comic Books, Journalism & Interactive Storytelling.
January 30, 2017 — National Institute of Design R&D Campus, Bengaluru — Social Change Comic Books, Journalism & Interactive Storytelling.

Dan GoldmanDAN GOLDMAN writes graphic novels and comics for such companies as AMC Television, Random House, Time Magazine, Hachette Books, Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine. He has been profiled by The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Sky News, BBC Radio, The Village Voice and Advertising Age. Dan also serves as Second Screen Experience Architect on AMC Television’s flagship original series “Breaking Bad”, and “The Walking Dead.” His 2006 webcomic, Shooting War, which Forbes called “the Apocalypse Now of the War on Terrorism, told in the form of a brilliantly-rendered graphic novel,” earned it an Eisner Award nomination for Best Digital Comic. He designed the artwork for the Priya’s Shakti series.

ben_dixBENJAMIN DIX founded the non-profit, PositiveNegatives, to use interactive multimedia and traditional forms of art to represent global conflict, humanitarian and migration issues to a wide and diverse audience. He created The Vanni, funded by the Arts Council England and produced from testimonies of Tamil survivors from the Sri Lankan conflict. Almaz is a story for the BBC of an Ethiopian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia and received over 500,000 viewers on the day of publication.

Ram DevineniRAM DEVINENI, who produced The Russian Woodpecker, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He is the creator of the comic book, Priya’s Shakti and Priya’s Mirror, which received the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation and supported by the World Bank, and showcased at 2016 New York Film Festival.