SuperMOOC 2 and 13th Dimension Team Up for Lecture Series

A major announcement from 13th Dimension: We combine forces with Christy Blanch and some of the biggest names in comics — such as Jason Aaron, Denny O’Neil and Warren Ellis — to help bring you SuperMOOC 2, a five-month exploration of comic books and what they can teach us about the world.

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This is Christy’s second, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), coming a year after last year’s wildly successful debut class called “Gender Through Comic Books.”

And we here at 13th Dimension couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the sequel — “Social Issues Through Comics.” We will be bringing you special interviews, reading lists and guest columns from comics heavyweights to augment the tremendous course that Christy has put together.

Here’s Christy to explain everything you need to know to participate — how to sign up, what you’ll read, the topics that will be covered — such as drug use, the environment and immigration — as well as the big names involved, like Scott Snyder and Mark Waid.

SuperMOOC 2 begins Monday, March 10 and ends on Aug. 18. All this week, we’ll be highlighting what the program has to offer.

From Christy Blanch:

Last summer, I taught an open-enrollment online class called “Gender through Comic Books” to more than 7,200 students around the world. Using a wide variety of in-print comics and graphic novels and conducting live interviews with such creators as Brian K. Vaughan, Terry Moore, Gail Simone and others, the course was designed to explore the history and social impact of gender roles in society, LGBT issues, and similar topics of discussion.

Beginning on March 10, I’ll be offering another, even more ambitious open online course exploring “Social Issues through Comic Books” on www.canvas.net. As with the previous course, there will be assigned reading and live interviews with writers and artists. The students will tweet or post their questions for the creators and THOSE will be the questions we ask. It’s the students doing the interviewing.

All videos will also be posted for students to watch or re-watch.

And because my partners at the store Alter Ego Comics in Muncie, Ind., and I are big believers in the power of community, we are inviting stores around the country, even the world, to participate. We are asking stores to host a once-a-month “book club” where students in the area can meet face to face and discuss that month’s topic and the accompanying reading.

At the course website (www.supermooc.org) where you can sign up, students will be able to see which stores in their area are participating. And students who complete the course will earn a special certificate with custom art by J.G. Jones.

Here is a list of the comics and graphic novels we’ll be using:

Month One (March 10-April 9) – ADDICTION: Buzzkill TP, Green Lantern #85 and #86 included in Green Lantern Green Arrow TP, Batman: Venom TP, and Sex Criminals #1 also available in Sex Criminals TP V1

Interviews: Denny O’Neil and Donny Cates

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Month Two (April 10-May 9) – ENVIRONMENT: Swamp Thing: Rot World  V3, The Massive TP V1, Hinterkind TP V1, Hawkeye #7 in TP V2

Interviews: Jeff Lemire, Matt Fraction

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Month Three (May 10-June 9) – SOCIAL INEQUALITY: Lazarus TP V1, Scalped TP V1, X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills TP, and “March.”

Interviews: Greg Rucka and Jason Aaron

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Month Four (June 10-July 9) – IMMIGRATION: American Born Chinese, Action Comics #900 in Superman: Black Ring V2, Superman Unchained #1, and Skin Horse V1 (order here).

Interviews: Shaenon Garrity, Jeffrey Wells, Scott Snyder, and Gene Yang

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Month Five (July 10-August 18) – MEDIA, GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION, AND INFORMATION PRIVACY: Transmetropolitan TP V1, Global Frequency TP, Nightly News TP V1, Daredevil #4-6 in Daredevil TP V1

Interviews: Warren Ellis, Jonathan Hickman, and Mark Waid

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The books are available at local comic book stores or on comixology.com. They will be offering a discount on these books, but we’re not yet sure what the percentage will be. Last time it was 35 percent.

Our website, www.supermooc.org, will list all of the participating stores and their contact information.

We hope to offer many more courses like this one in the years to come. We believe they serve a valuable purpose.

Spread the word, and share this on Twitter and Facebook! And follow us on Twitter @SuperMOOC2 and @13th_Dimension! On Facebook, join the SuperMOOC 2 group here  and Like 13th Dimension here!

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Author: Dan Greenfield

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