In October, I asked three friends of mine if they could make Thanksgiving-themed fill-in-the-blank comics for my 9th grade Japanese class. One month later, Jon Wolfe, Jeremy Sorese, and Chris Sutton, two sequential art graduates and an art history graduate from SCAD, sent me their comics.
I gave the students hand outs with the story of the first Thanksgiving and explained it in English class. Then I let them choose which ones they wanted to fill in, and had them write in Japanese. After that, I translated all their bubbles into English, and they erased their Japanese and filled them back in.
A lot of the comics wound up being pretty similar, but there were a good amount of standouts as well. I’ve put the top three up above, including the yellow one which was too inappropriate for me to put up at school. It was my favorite, as despite its craziness, it turned out to be created by one of the most mild mannered students. I never would’ve guessed.
Overall I was really happy to give the students an opportunity to let loose and was amazed at the humor and surprises they added to the comics.