In 2010, comic creator Josh Elder (and current Legendary Comics publisher) brought together an array of comics pros and educators to launch the nonprofit group Reading With Pictures. The company kicked it off with a self-titled anthology graphic novel that was among the first comics works funded via Kickstarter, and this year they’re returning to Kickstarter to fund the second wave of their comics literacy mission.
Titled “RWP 2.0: Educational Comics Get An Upgrade,” Elder’s 2012 efforts is two-pronged. The first is to create The Graphic Textbook, a comic-based textbook intended for use by students and teachers that adheres to the strict standards of American education. The second is a more unique project, titled Open Source Comics, whose goal is to accumulate a collection of comics to be available to students, educators and librarians under a Creative Commons license.
In order to prepare for this massive fundraising effort, RWP is looking for donations of rewards to offer once the Kickstarter campaign begins. Their deadline to have it all in is Feb. 20, so if you’re a comic creator or professional and want to help out, let them know!