Cognitive Comics

A Constructivist Approach to Sequential Art - Research Fellowship Grant from State University of New York at Buffalo. Fellowship recipient and author,


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Update 2012

Posted by cognitivecomics on January 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey Folks,

   Appologies for not updating the site in some time. Working as a teacher and developing other projects I have not found the time. I have deleted a lot of Forum posts and made it so that only memebers with permission can post there. 

   News: working on a multimedia component to Cognitive Comics... hopefully we can get this to the developers this year. 

   Happy New Year!

  - DJ

CC Development Update

Posted by cognitivecomics on August 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

In August 2010 I started working as a high school art teacher. This has taken up the majority of my time and thus this website has not but updated or active on my part. I have also taken on other creative projects but plan to repackage Cognitive Comics for Educomics as a software to be used in classrooms around the world. Time, unfortunately, is my enemy... Thanks for your patients.

- DJ

CC Interview at

Posted by cognitivecomics on October 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM Comments comments (0)

Have a look at my interview, click HERE or the image below:

Teaching Cognitive Comics - Sequential Script Writing

Posted by cognitivecomics on July 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (2)


   We are at the stage in the Summer course where students of my Cognitive Comics class are transfering a 4 page script to rough layouts of their final pages. At this stage students are encountering the challenge of "thinking visually." A few of my mantras in class have been:

- Show me before you tell me.

- Your environment is another character in your story.

- What happens in the end? (This corresponds with Backwards Design.)


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Educomics and ITisArt

Posted by cognitivecomics on July 4, 2010 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello to my blog reader!


   I have been invited to do a collaboration with which is in affiliation with software developers in Greece funded by the European Union.

   I'm entering the 2nd phase of our collaboration, giving them a sample of my curriculum for them to plan how to transfer it to their software and sell it in Europe!

   I'm very excited and working hard using the content from my Summer course.

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Daniel Pink, Author of 'A Whole New Mind'

Posted by cognitivecomics on February 10, 2010 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (0)

   Daniel Pink is kind of the Ferris Bueller of popular psychology. He is pointing the way from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, challenging paradigms that are obsolete. I recieved an email reply to my introduction to Daniel Pink. I was happy to read that he feels Cognitive Comics is "fascinating". There are many parallels between his book A Whole New Mind, Why Right-Brainers Will The Future and CogCom. I will be retooling the lesson plans to encompass to wha...

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2nd Edition of Cognitive Comics Research underway

Posted by cognitivecomics on February 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (0)

   In Fall 2009, I taught my Cognitive Comics content for 8 weeks to 4 different 5th grade classes. Testing my lesson plans that were modified for this grade level was extremely successful and yeilded new insights that will allow me to streamline this project. I am editing the research component of CogCom to be more accessible to teachers and readers with new additions to how the lesson plan components will work. Some of you may have found the voice too academic, the 2nd Ediition wi...

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Graphic Novel Script Writing Approach

Posted by cognitivecomics on September 12, 2009 at 9:41 AM Comments comments (0)

  A local college has referred a student to me to help with graphic novel script writing. Below is my email to the student with advice:

Hi Kris,


The intro to your graphic novel script is well written but the approach is not right ( no approach is wrong in art but for a beginner you should try a far easier approach ).


  Think of script writing like this:

Approach 1: youwant to tell a story about NYC so you star...

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Research Project Final Report

Posted by cognitivecomics on August 25, 2009 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (1)

Below is a report submitted to the Research Foundation looking back on this summer's experience. While this research project will be an on-going jouney for me both as an artist and educator, the report below brings some closure to the fellowship and provides you with a sense of what I learned along the way:

Final Report

Cognitive Comics: A Constructivist Approach to Seq...

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Josef Rubinstein Interview - Part 1

Posted by cognitivecomics on August 13, 2009 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Firstly, thanks to everyone that's been visiting the site and giving positive feedback. Very good to hear your reponses and get to know some new friends!


I've just got permission to post two interview movies I did with friend & mentor, comic art legend JOSEF RUBINSTEIN. The interview is very informal, my son interrupts a bit as it was held at my house. I'm working on editing the films into sizes that will work, please be patient for par...

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