CPTN SRSLY & the Super Master Sentinels!
Not many kids can say they grew up with a comic book series based on their community - but Chelsea students can! CPTN SRSLY and the Super Master Sentinels series was created by the SRSLY coalition and features local landmarks and people!
CPTN SRSLY (pronounced: 'Captain Seriously') was created in 2010 as a way for SRSLY to be introduced to children in a fun, age-appropriate way. Thanks to grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, SRSLY has now created 8 books in the series.
Starting in second grade, each student in the Chelsea School District receives a CPTN SRSLY comic book every year. Each book features a developmentally-appropriate message, from the importance of washing your hands to taking responsibility for your actions.
CPTN SRSLY and the Super Master Sentinels is a shared comic book project between the SRSLY Coalition, Chelsea School District, Chelsea District Library, Edgar Norman Creative, and local cartoonist Jerzy Drozd.
The CPTN SRSLY project has emerged as an exemplary local collaborative effort to support Chelsea youth. Comic books connect language and art in a way that draws readers in and encourages literacy within children. By using a medium that kids already enjoy, adults can pass along messages that benefit kids and help establish a positive sense of place in Chelsea. When local agencies come together to professionally produce fun and creative comic books that teach local kids about healthy and positive behaviors, the whole community wins.
Comic Book Workshops
After the CPTN SRSLY comic book series became a hit with Chelsea students, they wanted more! So in 2013, SRSLY held its first comic book workshop taught by CPTN SRSLY author Jerzy Drozd.
The annual workshop is offered to middle school students and is held at Beach Middle School. Over the course of 5 weeks, students learn about the process of making comics, including outlining a story, penciling, inking, lettering, and coloring.
Using what they've learned, the students then make their very own comic and receive coaching from professional cartoonists, storyboard artists, and editors via video chat.
After the stories are complete, SRSLY publishes them together in an anthology and the students get to share the books with their peers, friends, and family.
The latest anthology, CPTN SRSLY and the Super Master Sentinels: The New Generation (Volume 5) was released in the spring of 2019!