And this concludes The Trouble with Trains. We hope you enjoyed the story!
If you’re coming here from Comic-Con International San Diego, welcome!
Solution Squad is an all-ages comic that teaches math. If you attended one of my panels, you already know this, so let’s get started!
You’re already in the right place for free webcomics. We are currently finishing the second Solution Squad story, “The Trouble with Trains.” That story begins here!
If you are interested in the first story, “Primer,” that can be found digitally at our Teachers Pay Teachers store, either with a sample of our lesson plans or with all 25 pages of lesson plans. The store is found here. If you just want to read the digital comic, you can get it in classroom presentation format here, or in ComiXology format here.
Following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, is also appreciated. Although we’ve been working on the comics for three years, the rest of our work is still in its infancy. Creator Jim McClain is still a full-time teacher with a 10-year old daughter, so available time is at a premium.
If you are interested in having Jim travel to speak to the teachers in your school on how to use Solution Squad in the classroom, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org! The address is also perfect if you have any questions or comments at all!
Thanks for visiting!
Our newest venture is in the domain of lesson plans! Along with curriculum expert Tracy Edmunds, we have launched a Teachers Pay Teachers store! In it, we have the 113-slide digital comic, along with 25 pages of lesson plans and activities for grades 4-8!
The first listing goes with Solution Squad #1:
Solution Squad is a comic about a team of teenage heroes, each with a different math-based superpower. The team teaches mathematical concepts in a fun and accessible way while engaging students in the story. Join the Solution Squad and be part of the solution!
The digital comic Solution Squad: Primer was created specifically for classroom use. Project the comic to read as a class, or have students read it on a tablet or other digital device. Math concepts are embedded throughout the story.
The lessons that accompany this comic teach different aspects of prime numbers an their uses. All lessons include directions and printable worksheets, and can be used with the whole class or small groups.
The Solution Squad: Primer Full Package includes:
• Solution Squad in: Primer digital comic
• How to Read a Comic
• Prime Number Sieve activity
• Happy Primes activity
• Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic activity
• Fraction Action activity
• Goldbach’s Conjecture activity
• Bonus: One Billion Dollars writing prompt
It’s 25 pages worth of lesson plans! You can teach for two weeks with them!
Please check it out and spread the word!
As announced the other day, we are bringing a new collaborator on board to help with our Solution Squad YouTube Channel. I am pleased to welcome Nikki Tolerico to the Solution Squad team! I met Nikki at the 2014 New York Comic Con and she’s a fantastic cosplayer AND math teacher! She’s in the process of building an Absolutia cosplay, and she’ll be hosting videos on our YouTube channel before long! Welcome aboard, Nikki!
Hello, everyone! Jim McClain, here. Upon reflection, 2015 flew by. I began by dedicating the year to making progress on the hardcover Solution Squad book. I gave up spending hundreds of dollars in table fees to do comic book shows where I would find precious few from my target audience, and dedicated that money instead to my artists. The book looks very different today than it did on December 31 last year. And it will probably look different still before all is said and done.
I’m pleased to say that this morning, Rose McClain turned in the final pencils and inks on her 24-page story! As she is moving on to work with Gene Ha on Mae, I’m turning the coloring of her story over to Serena Guerra, who is nearly done with the 10-page story that she is penciling, inking, and coloring. In the meantime, I’m still plugging along on my little stories, which will be done right around the time Serena finishes coloring Rose’s story. Just as Rose got scooped up, I fully expect Serena’s full-color art will get her scooped up as well! I’m well aware of my own artistic limitations, but I also know enough to know talent when I see it.
In the past year, I have collected pinup work from (in no particular order) Janet Lee, Jeff Moy, Steven E. Gordon, Christopher Jones, Dean Trippe, Josh Buchanan, Erik Roman, Cory Carani, Marc Alan Fishman, Paul Schultz, Drew Geraci, DeEtta Harris, and I hope I’m not forgetting anyone. With just a few outstanding pieces remaining, The book IS coming together. We’ll be launching the Kickstarter on February 29 (Radical’s birthday!) along with a daily webcomic preview of Serena’s story and I hope I can count on your help to spread the word when we do. My goal is to have everything shipped out by the time school starts again in August.
One important thing that I have learned this year is that I cannot possibly do all of the things I need to do for Solution Squad by myself–at least, not while I have a full-time job. So, I am taking on more collaborators in the work. My friend and colleague Tracy Edmunds is coming on board to help. Tracy is a razor-sharp editor and is a genius at lesson plans, and she’s not afraid to tell me exactly what she thinks. Whenever I have a doubt or a question about this stuff, she is the first person I turn to.
I’m also bringing in a collaborator to help me with the Solution Squad YouTube channel that I recently started. I can’t announce who just yet, but I’ll tell you that she’ll make a way better video host than I will!
For now, I’ll leave you with the revamped Steven E. Gordon cover, which serves as the working front cover for the hardcover book. The orange sunburst has sort of become our trademark, so with the artist’s permission, we have replaced the clashing red with something we think will be sure to catch the eye.
Happy New Year!
Posting has been light here in the past year or so, but we promise you, it’s all going to be worth the wait. Here’s the lineup of talent behind Solution Squad: Primer. The whole book is written, and more than half of the artwork is now done. When the book is complete, we will run a Kickstarter to cover the printing of this 144-page hardcover book. Jim has paid for the artwork out-of-pocket, but we will need help to go the rest of the way. This list may not yet be complete:
Jim McClain–all the writing and lettering, some art
Rose McClain (Scoundrels, Mae)–interior art on 48 pages of story and various other coloring
Serena Guerra (Mice Templar)–interior art on 10 pages of story
Erik Roman (Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Monster Men)–pencils on 10-page story
Gene Ha (Top 10, Mae)– cover
Pinup art and special features (in alphabetical order):
Carlo Barberi (X-Men, Gen13)
Josh Buchanan (Scratch9)
Cory Carani (Legionnaires)
Tracy Edmunds (educational consultant, AMP! Kids)
Drew Geraci (Nightwing, Sojourn)
Eric Gordon (Harper Collins Early Reader books)
Steven E. Gordon (X-Men Evolution)
DeEtta Harris (fine artist)
Jason Howard (Astounding Wolf-Man, Super Dinosaur, Trees)
Terry Huddleston (Thaniel)
Jamal Igle (Molly Danger)
Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Parallel Man)
Scott Kolins (Flash, Avengers)
Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men)
Ryan Ottley (Invincible)
George Pérez (comics legend)
Scott Rosema (August, Space Ghost)
Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe)
Dean Trippe (Something Terrible, Project Rooftop)
Watch this space for more announcements as we near completion on the book, and follow @SolutionSquad and @TheJimMcClain on Twitter!