‘IT BECAME MY LANGUAGE’: B.C. TEACHER COMPLETES THESIS IN COMIC-BOOK FORM
A British Columbia teacher has doodled her way to a master’s degree by creating a 236page thesis in comic- book form.
The colourful manuscript — the first of its kind in Canada, according to Simon Fraser University — is an autobiographical look at Meghan Parker’s experience as an arts teacher in the public school system. She will be receiving her master’s degree in education later this month.
Parker said telling her story through comics meant she could put herself in the drawings, helping her question and explore her own experiences.
“It became my language,” she said about comics — and after drawing them for more than two years, she became proficient at it. The words and drawings in her thesis draw from her experience teaching art.
Parker says she used the comics to explain why arts education is “critically important.” Read her approach at thestar.com/vancouver
Meghan Parker’s thesis in comic-book form comes from her experiences.