This weekend really got away from me. There were some weird circumstances that meant I wound up not being able to sleep at my normal time, but then I tried to stay awake during my normal time anyway and just wasn’t very effective at doing anything. Disappointing. And now it’s back to work. So hey, let’s do another week of those quick posts! Today I’m going to talk about an old comic I just picked up, probably sharing some thoughts I’ve been having regarding blogging and (as a separate thing) being an ally later this week.
But for now, look at this awesome comic!
My local comic shop has a table for Black History Month. Featuring black characters, creators, and (surprise) actual history comics. I don’t have a lot of money to spend right now, but I did pick up this neat vintage comic about Harriet Tubman. Wasn’t really sure what to expect and generally older comics can be a bit…different.
I didn’t grow up reading comics, by the time I was able to start they were all bright and shiny and more adult-oriented. I confess I don’t always have a proper appreciation for early comics, since the art and shininess is a big draw for me. But I liked this! I wish I had gotten more, particularly the Frederick Douglass (Part 2) one since it looks like that issue is pretty expensive online. But they’ll have to go on the “someday when I have a different job and way more money” wishlist for now.
Some of the dialogue is a bit weird. It reminds me a lot of the elementary school mini-plays that show up in Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Lots of simplified sort of “as you know” statements that make sense because it’s just a short little story teaching kids about history but don’t always seem like actual things people might have said. But never so much that it takes away from the story, and I think it’s probably also a normal thing for that time in comics so it’s a nice snapshot and I’m glad to have it in the collection.
My favorite thing about the comic is actually the added stories in the back. After the main story, there are half-page summaries of other figures in black history at the back of the book. People I had never heard of, or at least hadn’t heard much. At least one is also featured in another issue as the main story, not sure about the rest.
It’s not like I didn’t know our schools’ coverage of black history is terribly inadequate, but it’s kind of sad when I get more information from the back few pages of a comic book than from 12 years of public school. Just saying. I wonder why we covered the same few people and stories every year. Hmmmmmm.
Maybe they should scrap the actual curriculum and just pass a bunch of these around the classroom? 😀 Kidding, but definitely something to watch for and question especially when my kids are in school and in working on curriculum for religious ed.
I always wanted to home school and have to balance that against the realities of needing to work to pay bills, especially once kids are in the house. I love teaching. But it’s becoming pretty obvious that I’ll wind up doing some education at home no matter what. It’s nice to have things like this to make it fun and work it into everyday life without having to spend precious non-school moments having formal lessons.