Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts

Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.

With Ellen Forney
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Keith Knight


The Los Angeles-based cartoonist and Graphic storyteller is the creator of three popular comic strips, The Knight Life, The K Chronicles, and (th)ink, and is part of a new generation of artists raised on hip-hop who infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics, and race.

His work has appeared in various publications worldwide, includingthe the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Mad Magazine,, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, The Funny Times, and World War 3 Illustrated. Knight's work as a media literacy educator with at-risk youth has been nationally recognized. Knight  is also an award-winning cartoonist, rapper, and hip-hop musician.

Three of his comix were the basis of an award-winning live-action short film, Jetzt Kommt Ein Karton, in Germany, and his original comic strip art has appeared in museums and galleries worldwide. He has published several books, including The Knight Life: "Chivalry Ain't Dead" (2010), The Complete K Chronicles (2008), and Are We Feeling Safer Yet? A (Th) Ink Anthology(2007).

Knight's comic The K Chronicles won the 2007 Harvey Award for Best Syndicated Comic Strip and the 2007 Glyph Award for Best Comic Strip. In 2010, he received the Comic Con Inkpot Award for Career Achievement in Comics. Utne Reader named Knight one of ten "cartoonists to watch" in a special issue.


















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Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition
Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grass-roots social change.

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Crossroads Comics #1
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
This educational comic of graphic true stories is derived from the Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts by award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight and progressive youth educator Mat Schwarzman. Depicts two inspiring artists who heal social problems.

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