ST. CLOUD TIMES — Mike Dando’s face always lights up when he talks about comics.
Thumbing through the pages of a new superhero comic he helped create, the St. Cloud State University English professor points out intricate battle scenes between good and evil and specific design details reminiscent of the old-school comic style.
A self-described comic geek “since always,” Dando is working to teach students grades 5-12 literacy skills, critical thinking and self reflection this summer through an often overlooked medium.
Exploring concepts like Afrofuturism and the African diaspora, students can imagine new worlds by reading and analyzing the story of the first Black superhero, Lion Man.