The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 23, 2012

Afterschool students create second issue of comic book

The Daily Item

MILTON — MILTON — In a fictional town named Seamokin in an underwater world, a group of students at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School “saved the day” for Kid Feedback, a character in a comic book they wrote, illustrated and designed.

As part of the TIES (Teens in Innovative Educational Structures) afterschool program, 15 students in grades 7 through 12 in the comic book club created the second issue of “The Adventures of Kid Feedback: Creatures of the Deep,” a comic book series based on a character developed by their instructor, Matt Leavens.

Each student designed characters that interacted with the main character, Kid Feedback. Students created personalities, then drew them based on how they envisioned the character would look. Working together, they then created a story where all the characters saved the town of Seamokin.

Last year, 13 students participated in the TIES afterschool comic book club and created the first issue of Kid Feedback. The club was so popular, another session was held and students created a second issue in the Kid Feedback comic book series.

“I love doing these comic books,” said Cameron Fenix, a student who worked on the first issue.

Michael Anzalavich agreed. “This experience is something I will never forget,” he said.

Students used mixed media such as pencil, ink, colored pencils and water colors to illustrate the comic book. They also learned sketching, blending and other drawing techniques under Leavens’ direction.

“The comic book club helped me improve my artistic skills,” said Erich Meloy.

TIES afterschool and summer programming provides individualized academic support, career exploration and service learning experiences that are not available during the regular school day. Programs are available for students in grades 3 to 12 who reside in Mount Carmel Area, Shamokin Area and Milton Area school districts.

A 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, TIES is administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit.