The Comic Book Project is a literacy and creativity initiative that engages young people in planning, writing, designing, and publishing original comic books. Since 2001, CBP has reached more than 250,000 learners in a creative process leading to academic achievement, social awareness, and community development. By engaging youths in brainstorming, sketching, plotting, designing, and publishing original comic books, CBP encourages youths to become active learners and content creators, rather than receivers and consumers of information.
CBP was founded by Dr. Michael Bitz, EdD, a leader in education and youth development. Through the support of Dark Horse Comics, the program began with a class of middle school students in NYC, and then quickly expanded across the city. After its pilot year in 2002, CBP became incubated by Columbia University's Teachers College. Since then CBP has been implemented all over the world in partnership with schools, libraries, community-based organizations, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.