by Lisa Garner, Troop 335
Preschool: Do three requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Be able to explain what a comic book is and how it is different from a regular book.
_____2.* How do comic books show when characters are talking?
Level 1: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Complete Preschool requirements 1 and 2.
_____2.* Compare at least three different comic book titles. Be able to explain to an adult what they have in common as well as what makes each unique. (For example: one is about superheroes, another is about a cartoon character. One may feature lots of action, while another focuses on dialogue.)
Level 2: Do five requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Complete Level 1 requirements 1 and 2.
_____2.* Explain the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel. List at least 5 differences.
Level 3: Do six requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Complete Level 2 requirements 1 and 2.
_____2.* Some comics are turned into movies or TV shows. Pick one, read several comics, and then compare it to the movie or cartoon. How did the characters or story change, if at all?
Level 4: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Complete Level 3 requirements 1 and 2.
_____2.* How has the Internet changed comic books? Identify at least three web-only comics.
Level 5: Do nine requirements including the three starred *
_____1.* Complete Level 4 requirements 1 and 2.
_____2.* What was the Comic Code Authority? How did it affect comics and their story lines? Identify the last comic to drop their stamp of approval.
_____3.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____1. How can you tell when a comic book character is speaking aloud vs thinking? What purpose do captions serve in comics?_____2. Create your own comic book on paper or using an app and share it with your Troop. Include at least 4 (Preschool), 6 (Level 1), 8 (Level 2 and 3), 12 (Level 4 and above) frames. Be sure to include a cover and a title.
_____3. Visit a comic book store and find at least two examples of each of the following types of comic books: superhero, cartoon, manga*, slice of life, fantasy.
* Parental discretion advised. A lot of manga is aimed at older teens and adults, not kids. However, there are many titles available for kids. Ask for the advice of the sales clerk if you are unsure, or check out the suggestions in the link below.
_____4. Some people collect comic books. Learn how comics are stored to protect them, and how the value is determined for resale.
_____5. Read about a comic book artist. How did he/she get started? What sort of training or skills are necessary to develop a career in comic book illustration?
_____6. How are comics printed? What are the steps in the process from idea to publication?
_____7. Attend a Free Comic Book Day event.
_____8. Make a timeline showing at least 5 major events in comic book history.
_____9. Explain what is meant by, "The Golden Age of Comics." Name some characters from that time period.
_____10. Explore different careers in the comic book industry. Be able to explain what the following people do: writer, penciller, colorist, letterer, editor, publisher, and distributor.
_____11. Interview at least 5 different people about their favorite comic books. What are their favorite titles? Favorite artists? Why?
_____12. Prepare a presentation for your Troop telling all about your favorite comic book. You may dress up as the main character and explain the backstory, but be sure to include samples of the comic book and explain why you enjoy it.
_____13. Some people feel comic books have traditionally neglected certain groups such as minorities, women, or people with disabilities. Today there is more diversity than ever among comic book characters. Find at least two examples from each group, and explain why it is important for them to be included in the world of comic books.
_____14. When a comic has been around for many years, characters often change, including backstories. Give an example of a character who has changed over time.
_____15. Explain what is meant by "reboot" and how it differs from "retcon."
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