Face Value Comics places great emphasis on education. Comic books traditionally lack educational merit, but appeal to a wide audience. President of the Canadian Council on Learning, Dr. Paul Cappon, said, “educators and parents embraced comics as a positive teaching and learning tool (Paton, 2010).”
Before Issue #1 has printed, several educators asked about our educational content. Face Value Comics replied: We introduce one alien race, the Chillaxin. They are anthropomorphic bioluminescent fungi, whose color hues change when they become glad, mad, or sad. We use onomatopoeia as naming conventions for some characters. Names have significant meaning, too. For example, take Claudia Faust. Her last name pays homage to the Germanic epic poem, while her first name means “lame” in Latin. Now, astute readers may predict Claudia’s future behaviors. Our specially powered bio-droids mimic cog-and-spring clockwork devices with hy·phen·at·ed speech. The Jartavi, an evolved sea-horse group, speak using fənɛtɪks (phonetics).
Most importantly, Face Value Comics utilizes the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). We believe readers will 1) learn how expressed emotions look, 2) see appropriate language that matches feeling, and 3) take ownership of facial feature recognition, as a tool to understand emotional regulation. This strategy drives Face Value Comics, Inc. Our name reflects this goal.
We tell a grand adventure, too! Unlike any comic book in the world, our main protagonist has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many of Michael’s middle-school friends also have real-world mental health symptoms, like anxiety and depression. Using professional mental health experiences, explicit consultations, and criteria drawn from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), we present behavioral symptoms on a page with utmost respect. ALL people deserve dignity and a voice. Face Value Comics gives ONE voice to many under-represented groups within comic books. Our characters strive to feel safe, wanted, and successful. Their “super heroism” is a relentless passion to be accepted and understood. Face Value Comics begins with a galactic invasion involving aliens and robots. Prejudice looms as a bigger threat, just for being like any kid with some problems.
Join the fight…against misunderstanding! Maybe readers will learn some grammar. Some may like the Victorian-era steam-powered technologies. Hopefully, our fans see Michael and his friends as real people. Kids need heroes like themselves.
Paton, G. (2010, August 13). Comic books ‘help boys to read.’ Retrieved 11/03/13, from http://telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7943041/Comic-books-help-boys-to-read.html.
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