This post represents my personal opinions only, and is available under a CC-BY license. [Both this post and indeed this entire blog have nothing at all to do with the Education for the Apocalypse session at #lwf12 – a conference so legendarily crap that they give you freeipads just for registering. If you are in London that day (and can avoid the myriad disruptive innovators talking about disruptive innovations like social media, mobile phones and gaming, just like at the 2007 JISC conference) it’s probably worth going to that session as it has @kerileef in it and she’s ace.]
Lou McGill told me that if I was doing #ds106 this year, I had to do some of the visual assignments. Make art, dammit – these were the words she used. But the nice thing about ds106 is that you can do something you felt like doing anyway and then claim it as an assignment – so, inspired by GuiliaForsythe’s beautiful narrative about the #dailycreate and tagging, I wanted to do something visual with a narrative.
Immediately I thought of a super-hero origins strip. I know very little about graphic narrative, but I love and have always loved origin strips – those background stories that tell you how Jim Groom became The Bava and got his powe (kudos, Cogdog!) or whatever. So, I thought I’d make an origin strip for the Followers of the Apocalypse, with more than a hint of the story of ds106 and edublogging in there too. I used Pixton which is an absolutely beautiful tool and I would recommend it to everyone.
Here’s the assignment.