my gold award project
I'm a huge comic book and graphic novel fan. I've been reading them for years, and after checking out bajillions of books from the library I started to notice something: You have to actively search for diverse titles if you want to read them. They're just not that easy to find because comic bookshelves can be intimidating (especially for young readers who don't know where to begin). My method has always been to use Wikipedia to find every single book a diverse character is in, and then read those, and then move on to the next character.
But there had to be an easier way. So I launched inklusion comics© to inform readers, both new and old, about diverse comic books and graphic novels. To start, I'm using the platform for my Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are important to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Only 5% of girl scouts actually get the award!
For my Gold Award project, I want to help make it easier to find diverse comic books and graphic novels by influencing booksellers to direct customers to diverse titles and helping readers better understand the important role diversity plays in the entertainment they choose.
The inklusion comics Gold Award project launches in June and ends on Labor Day. I will use this summer to teach my target audiences that:
Diversity in comics and graphic novels is important
It can be easy to direct attention to diverse titles
Diverse titles are more available than people think