Michael Bitz, Manga High: Literacy, Identity, and Coming of Age in an Urban High School

Harvard Education Press, Massachusetts, 2009, 196 pp., ISBN 13: 978-1-934742-18-1
  • James Bucky Carter
Book Review

In Manga high: literacy, identity, and coming of age in an urban high school, author Michael Bitz shares data from a 4-year qualitative study of the original site of the comic book project, an afterschool endeavor founded by Bitz that has been engaging students across the country in composing comic book art since starting in New York City in 2001. In detailing the strong personal connections that many of the students at Martin Luther King Jr. High School felt to the project, Bitz delivers the most compelling argument to date for the incorporation of sequential art narrative into various aspects of schooling. Francois Mouly, an editor at The New Yorker and co-editor (along with husband Art Spiegleman, of Mausfame) of TOON Books, provides a serviceable forward that goes into some detail about how young people engage with comics and describes the work stemming from the comic book project as a “sort of Holy Grail that many an educator pursues” (2009, p. xii). In Mouly’s words reside the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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