I have long been a fan of Jarrett Krosoczka’s illustrations and writing. His Lunch Lady comics are among the most popular comics in our library. I was thrilled to learn that he was doing a virtual comic workshop today via Ustream for free! I advertised this to teachers a few weeks ago so that they could watch in their classroom or in the media center.
Today a small group of 3 students and their teacher came for the 10:00 session.
My largest group came for the 12:00 session. In this group, I had 2nd grade Spectrum students who will be studying graphic novels very soon. Last week, I did an exploration lesson with their class to identify some of the elements of graphic novels. They began constructing some of their questions for Jarrett. Later, they will read multiple graphic novels before constructing their own. Another group that came at 12:00 came by choice. One of Jarrett’s biggest fans, Marquavious, is a 5th grader at our school. Marquavious re-read all of the Lunch Lady books to gear up for today’s webcast. His teacher gave him permission to leave class to come, but he did some detective work and found several other 5th graders who wanted to participate in the workshop, too. All of these students brought their lunch to the library and ate while they watched. I also put drawing materials out on tables for them to draw their own comics along with Jarrett.
All of this setup really helped us when Jarrett had technical difficulties at the 12:00 session. Since the session was delayed until 12:30PM, I had time to have the students eat lunch, create mini-comics, and read some of Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta. Even though the food ended up all over the tables and carpet, it just seemed appropriate to have lunchroom food during our virtual comic workshop.
Jarrett showed the kids some pages from his newest book, a sneak peak of the cover of his book coming out in April, and ended by creating a comic using ideas from all of the viewers tuning in. The kids had a great time, and they were thrilled when they heard their suggestions read aloud by Jarrett and were even more over-the-top with excitement when he used one of their ideas in his comic. Thanks for a great FREE event, Jarrett Krosoczka!