Hello! “For Those Who Came in Late…” sounds like an insult, but it’s actually a reference to the classic comic strip, The Phantom. It’s how the writer would recap What Has Gone Before. So if you’re here from Edutopia or Instructor magazine, welcome. You’re not late at all!
Solution Squad is an all-ages educational comic aimed at middle school math students. It’s about a group of teenage superheroes with powers and abilities based on mathematics. It started as a webcomic on February 29, 2012 and first saw print last year at C2E2 in April, 2013. We are now in the process of putting together a 144-page hardcover graphic novel, which we hope to have completed in the fall of this year.
On the left sidebar, you’ll see a couple of links. If you want the best possible way to use Solution Squad in your classroom, there is a downloadable digital pdf of the story that is especially formatted for classroom display. It also contains some storytelling techniques that are not available from the print version. There is also a link to buy physical copies of the book and the more you buy, the cheaper they are. If you buy a classroom set, you can get them for under $2.00 each, and I challenge you to get comics for less than that for your classroom!
The lesson plans throughout the website are free, and often come with reproducible, printable downloads that go with the comic. I hope you enjoy it all, and thank you for being part of the solution!