Lately, I’ve been pleased with the ways digital tools are allowing me to engage and collaborate with the media producers that most challenge my thinking. I had intended to blog about how the comic book Wild Children terrifies and motivates me as an educational researcher. However, through a handful of Twitter exchanges, I, instead, was able to talk with the book’s author, Ales Kot.
Last summer, I picked up an unassuming, stand-alone comic book. This is nothing new. I’m still a regular reader of comic books today and the parallels between the serialization of monthly comic books and young adult literature today is striking.
In any case, the writer of this new book, Ales Kot, wasn’t yet a name I was familiar with. Typically, I read comic books expecting to be transported to imaginative and playful worlds. However, turning the pages in the comfort of my home, I was instead forced to confront my own assumptions about the current world and the ways we interact with youth. Wild Children details the precipice between imagination and reality, a space where children supersede adult authority and invert expectations about power, learning, and the purpose of schooling. It is a text entrenched in the anarchist Hakim Bey’s concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone.
I recently had a chance to conduct an online Q&A with Kot about the background of Wild Children and his other upcoming projects including his newest release, Change. Our conversation focused on the role of education, technology, space, and engagement.
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