The Graphic Landscape Literacy Project

The Graphic Landscape  is committed to using graphic novels and comics books to promote literacy with young children.  TGL believes there is no better gateway to an appreciation of the written word than constant exposure to superheroes, super villains and their eternal struggle for power!

Twice a month, The Graphic Landscape Literacy Project visits Los Angeles  Family Housing in North Hollywood and spends time with children of families who are in transition. Often their lives have been in upheaval, with no one place to call home. LAFH provides transitional living for families seeking shelter, allowing them to stay together. TGL offers a fun respite for the residential children by using comic books to engage them in reading and learning.

The program was founded in 2011 by Enzo De Palma, editor of TGL blog, when he was a high school sophomore.  It was an outgrowth of the community service program at Oakwood Secondary School and Enzo recruited two fellow students, Sydney Kasahara and Nicholas Sparks, who are also comic book lovers to join. The program aims to help elementary school children with language fluency, comprehension and reading-out- loud skills.  In addition, the high schoolers work with the children to create their own comic books. Quite often, they end the session with a quick screening of videos of comic book related stories.  The next step for the program is to create reading and writing contests using fun prizes to encourage the kids to participate.

Special thanks to the generous contributions and efforts of Dave Galluzzi & Ryan Potter (Marvel), Amy E. Genkins (DC Comics), Sheila Sparks (Warner Bros.) and DJ’s Universal Comics in Studio City for providing comic books and toys.


And here’s a trailer from the upcoming documentary Dear Mr. Watterson about the wonderful comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, which attests to how comics teaches reading skills to adults and kids alike.

One Response to The Graphic Landscape Literacy Project
  1. August 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

    This is such a wonderful concept–and looks like so much fun and so rewarding for all! This is really touching for me, because I myself learned to read from comic books (with my Mom’s help), when I couldn’t learn reading from “Dick and Jane” books at school. Keep up the good work!

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