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My name is Michael Desing, and I’m a high school English teacher, a cartoonist, a writer, a director, and a game designer. Last year, I channeled my fifteen years of experience as a classroom teacher into a webcomic about life in public education, Teaching Ted

You can watch a video I've made right here.

Over the last year, I’ve published nearly 250 strips, looking at the highs and lows of our profession. Now, Ted's ready to make his way into a book, and he's bringing along some swag to go with it. You can read the entire archive of strips right now at teachingted.com. Go ahead. I don’t mind. I'll be right here.

Since we can all agree that these books will make excellent presents for teachers at the end of the year, I’m launching this project now, so that it completes before the end of April, and it can ship by the end of May. This way, you’ll have everything in hand for the end of the school year (nudge, nudge). Won't your favorite teacher love it when he or she opens a box and finds this book inside? Yeah. I would, too. Well maybe not ME personally, because I will probably have a few copies of the book sitting around the house already, but theoretically any OTHER teacher in the world would really like it.

With your support of this project, you get the complete first year of Teaching Ted, including every published strip, some strips that appeared only on my Patreon page, and even some never-before-seen pages. You receive this as a digital download and/or a softcover book, depending on the tier you select. You also get the poetry comics mini-unit as a PDF.

Poetry Comics Mini-Unit

This short unit, ideally designed as an ELA unit (with notes for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10... all aligned with the Common Core), provides an overview of the fundamentals of graphic novels and the basics of storytelling in the comic medium, filtered through the perspective of poetry analysis. This 3-lesson mini-unit includes the guided notes, slides, and handouts students will need to create adaptations of poetry. Through this mini-unit, students develop skills in literary analysis and interpretation.  

Swag Bag

The Swag Bag is a cloth satchel with the logo for this project. It will be filled with stickers and post cards initially, but other things will go in as we go forward.

You will have to sign up at the $40 or higher tier to receive the Swag Bag and whatever it contains.

But Mike, I Want MORE!

Don't we all? Seriously, though, at any tier with print copies, you can add extra copies of the book for $10 each. Just add the extra cost to your payment and send me a message. Easy-peasy.

Mike, I'm not an American, but I value education, too!

That's great to hear! However, I have to charge you $20 extra because the post office said so.

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter campaign. The other three were all successful and all products shipped as promised. My one campaign was delayed by six months, and that was only because I had brain cancer! (I'm all better now, thanks for asking!) Even then, I made sure that all products were shipped, and that every customer was completely satisfied.

I don’t foresee many issues with this. The entire contents of the book are already created, and I have to complete layout and order the materials for the packages. The heavy lifting of this entire project is already finished. In addition, I’ve been through the printing, shipping, and order fulfillment process before, so I expect few surprises along the way.

The ONLY snag could be when this project gets super-mega-ultra popular and I have thousands of orders to fulfill. Then I'll just quit my job teaching and do this instead. Okay, maybe not. But, I'll still find a way to get it done.

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    FRESHMAN

    You receive a PDF download of "Teaching Ted: Not Common at the Core".

    + Your name goes on the honor roll, a dedication page in the book.

    + You receive a PDF of the poetry comics mini-unit.

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    SOPHOMORE

    You receive a PDF download and a softcover copy of "Teaching Ted: Not Common at the Core".

    + Your name goes on the honor roll, a dedication page in the book.

    + You receive a PDF of the poetry comics mini-unit.

    NOTE: For each additional copy of the book, add $10 to your total.

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    JUNIOR

    You receive a PDF download and a softcover copy of "Teaching Ted: Not Common at the Core", signed by the author.

    + Your name goes on the honor roll, a dedication page in the book.

    + You receive a PDF of the poetry comics mini-unit.

    + You receive the Swag Bag, a Teaching Ted cloth satchel packed with teacher goodies. Stretch goals will add content to the swag bag.

    NOTE: For each additional copy of the book, add $10 to your total. I’ll sign each of these, too!

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    SENIOR

    You receive all of the rewards at the JUNIOR level, but your book is a signed, limited-edition printing with 4 pages of exclusive bonus content of Ted’s life BEFORE he became a teacher.

    + You also receive a personalized ink drawing on 6x9 Bristol Board of anything you want! Don’t get TOO crazy, and remember that it has to be PG - I am a teacher, after all!

    + You receive a Teachers: Not Common At The Core t-shirt. In YOUR size!

    NOTE: For each additional (non-limited edition) copy of the book, add $10 to your total. I’ll sign these, too!

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    VALEDICTORIAN

    You receive the SENIOR reward.

    +YOU will appear in a future Teaching Ted comic strip! In addition to receiving the SENIOR reward tier, I will develop a Teaching Ted strip that includes you in the story. We will collaborate, via e-mail, on your appearance and what you will do. You will receive the original art from that page once it is done. The page will appear in the rotation for Teaching Ted in the near future.

    NOTE: For each additional (non-limited edition) copy of the book, add $10 to your total. I’ll sign these, too!

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