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STEM Graphic Novels and Comic Books: About

Guide to help students and librarians find STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) graphic novels, manga and comics

Publications and Presentations

9 Nov 2012 -- IU Southeast School of Education Diversity Conference, Graphic Novels: Diversity in Pictures & Words

In Publication -- "Graphic Novels Ignite Imagination in the Sciences" book chapter in How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries to be published by Scarecrow Press, 2013.

7 March 2013, KYSTE, Louisville, Kentucky

26 June 2013 -- ISTE 2013, San Antonio, Stem Engagement: Using Graphic Novels and Comic Book Creation Apps.


About our STEM LibGuide

This project began with a mutual admiration for graphic novels and a desire to increase the number of STEM professionals per capita.

Gary Pinkston, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, and has taught courses on the Hero’s Journey in graphic novels and how to incorporate graphic novels into the classroom. He enjoys creating and teaching teachers about digital storytelling and the importance of art and technology in the classroom.  Gary also has lengthy teaching experience with the Navajo Nation and in Saudi Arabia. In his spare time he enjoys taking photographs of his Australian shepherd dogs and making them into comic book heroes.  

Melanie Hughes, MLS, MBA, is an Associate Librarian, Coordinator of Automation and Technical Services, and library liaison to the School of Education at the Indiana University Southeast Library in New Albany, Indiana, where she is developing a graphic novel collection to support student learning.  She previously served as an elementary librarian in Louisville, Kentucky and an English teacher in Japan where she was first exposed to manga.  She also serves on the school board for Community Montessori, a public charter school. She recently started scripting her first graphic novel.

Patrick Ridout, MIS, MLS, is a librarian at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.  He became an editor of this LibGuide in October 2016.