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Cartooning Teen Stories

Cartooning Teen Stories

Using comics to explore key life issues with young people

Jenny Drew

Quick Overview

Comics are highly effective for broaching difficult social and emotional issues and this book explains how to use them with young people in educational and therapeutic settings. With 5 ready-to-use comics and advice on making them from scratch, learn how to support young people through interactive comics and help them to explore complex feelings.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 11.69in x 8.39in / 297mm x 213mm, 184pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-631-1
2016, PDF, 184pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-106-8
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Comics are perfect for working with young people. More than just sci-fi and superheroes, they can help young people to explore the issues affecting them and to express their own ideas.

Introducing the comic participation model, this practical photocopiable resource explains why comics are so relatable and engaging for young people. It looks at the different applications of comics, from simple doodle games to communicate one-on-one, to panel comics that relay entire stories. Five sample comics created in collaboration with young people are included, covering issues such as mental health, sexuality, trauma and bullying. There is also a practical how-to guide in comic form for creating a comic on any subject regardless of artistic ability, and accompanying session plans and worksheets that can be adapted to suit the needs of any individual.


'Life is a mess of moments and emotions, particularly when you're a teenager. This book shows us how comics can help young people to detangle their experiences, stringing stories together with images to reveal internal worlds. Drew's sensitive book is brimming with comics, worksheets, games and advice to help you harness the power of comics in youth work.'
- Karrie Fransman, graphic novelist and comic creator, author of The House That Groaned and Death of the Artist

'This is a must read for anyone who cares about people. Jenny Drew successfully uses the comics form to present experiences of young people in a way that invites us to reflect on how cultural issues can impact lives. Her provision of the historical and social context and inclusion of workshop templates and resources offers insight into how such pressures can be understood and addressed.'
- Nicola Streetan, author of Billy, Me & You


By (author): Jenny Drew