An entry from my once-active Marvel blog, this one showcasing a letter that I had received.
Remember when I used to write one of these almost every day? Me either. It’s starting to read like the the competition’s text pages around here, with me having to beg off every other day because things have been too busy for me to focus on writing something substantial.
But to keep the sorta-content flowing, here’s a very cool letter that we received today. (And it’s even got a tangental connection to Iron Man Week):
My name is John Wilinski. I teach eighth grade Language Arts at an inner city public school in Kansas City. I just finished the first meeting of the middle school comic book club. I figured this was a good week to have the first meeting with Iron Man and free comic book day coming out this weekend. (There probably only be one more before the end of the school year.)
We watched the web trailer for Secret Invasion, I went through a powerpoint presentation of some of the main characters from the story, and then I gave away a half dozen of Secret Invasion (the reprints that came out today) that I bought for them, and we read it.
16 students attended, and I have never seen them as well-behaved as when we were reading through the comic book. It was honestly the most fun I’ve had since I started teaching. I was worried that the comic might not be very friendly to new readers, but I was wrong. Bendis does a really nice job letting new readers into what is going on. The kids really enjoyed the book. More than a few said that they’d be picking up the next issue. (Assuming they can afford it. 4 bucks is a lot for some of these kids.)
I just wanted to say thanks for providing such entertaining material for them to read and to let you know how much we all enjoyed it. I truly believe that I wouldn’t have developed a love of reading all types of literature today if I didn’t first develop a love of reading comic books at their age.
John, it’s gratifying to hear that the dopey little stories we produce are such a help in the important work you’re doing in teaching the next generation.