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What is the potential for graphic novels to engage and educate readers?

March 11, 2013

In an effort to creatively engage the incoming Class of 2016 in Middlebury’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2016, the Sustainability Integration Office developed a graphic novel about the college’s sustainable journey. Every freshman orientation envelope included the comic entitled, ‘Super Sustainability: The Road to Neutral’. Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration, along with a summer intern, Julian Macrone ‘14, envisioned and drafted the story. Sam Carbaugh, a freelance artist based out of White River Junction, designed and illustrated the final product.

We are currently soliciting feedback. Please send your comments, suggestions, or ideas for future projects to

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753