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Richard Jenkins is a cartoonist, writer, and master teaching artist. He has been making comics and graphic novels since 1996. Creating stories with
unique engaging characters, vivid settings, and strong emotional resonance. His work spans a broad range of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, action, humor, biographical, and horror.
From 1997 to 2006, Richard worked as the co-creator of the cult-classic Sky Ape comic book series, about a cigar-chomping, jetpack-wearing, reluctant- hero gorilla. Since 1997, Richard has also worked throughout the United States as a teaching artist, engaging students in drawing, cartooning, story making, and painting. His student-centered teaching focuses on building up their creative and cognitive capacities, guiding them through the creative and inquisitive process of making art and stories. In 2000, he began con- sulting across North America, providing professional development training for educators. Instructing teachers in arts integration, arts inclusion, arts & UDL, and arts-based learning assessment. 2008 marked the release of his first arts integration manual for teachers, Comics in Your Curriculum.
In 2009, for his exemplary work with special needs students, Richard was awarded the VSA Teaching Artist Fellowship from VSA arts International. In 2010 he was a guest teacher at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. And, from 2010 to 2012 he served as a field reporter for the Teaching Artist Jour- nal, writing articles about the teaching ar