Michael Pandolfo’s childhood comic store was dark, dingy, and intimidating. He remembers the shop was full of the condescending comic book fans he calls “rules lawyers”—comic book experts who show disdain for non-experts. It wasn’t a welcoming place for any but the most shunned, resentful reader. This old store, where he bought his first issues…

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Superheroes, zombies, and comic book fans from all walks of life were the center of attention at the first-ever Image Expo this weekend in Oakland. The three-day fan fest commemorated the 20th anniversary of Berkeley-based Image Comics the independent, creator-owned comic book publishing company. “Our expectations were very modest coming into the event since this…

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Thi Bui has just begun her fifth year teaching at OHIS. During her time here she has worn several hats. She taught social studies for one year, then art, reading and literacy for another; for the past two years she’s been the art and media teacher. As she begins her third year teaching a combined comic book and oral history curriculum, she finds she is doing a little bit of everything.

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