Lion Forge Comics Launching Educational Series to Teach Coding

'Debian Perl: Digital Detective' will lead a new initiative created in partnership with Know Yourself.
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'Debian Perl: Digital Detective' will lead a new initiative created in partnership with Know Yourself.

Ahead of next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, St. Louis-based publisher Lion Forge Comics has announced a new partnership with Know Yourself, the public benefit corporation dedicated to self-literacy in early education, launching with a new series from the publisher’s Carcal imprint, Debian Perl: Digital Detective.

Debian Perl is a five-book series aimed at helping middle readers build practical knowledge of coding, algorithms, algebra and logical problem solving; the series will follow Debian and her friend Digits as they attempt to repair a century-old robot and discover why he reprogrammed in the first place.

The series is being developed by Lion Forge and Know Yourself, along with writers Mel Hilario, Lauren Davis and artist Katie Longua.

“Know Yourself does amazing work creating content that is really fun and also really educational,” Lion Forge editor-in-chief Andrea Colvin said in a statement. “They are the perfect partner for Lion Forge in crafting exciting graphic novels that also teach concepts of coding and computer science to kids.”

Tim Howes, CEO of Know Yourself, added that his organization “was founded on the belief that character and story are essential to helping kids and teens learn about themselves and the world around them. We could not be prouder to have Debian Perl and her friends meet the world and start helping readers on this journey. And we could not be more excited to be working with Lion Forge, the world’s most innovative comic book publisher, whose philosophy of cultural diversity and comic books for all we wholeheartedly share.”

The first volume in the series will be released in Summer 2019.

Debian Perl is just one of Lion Forge’s key early 2019 releases, with three additional titles to be spotlighted during this period:

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride by Joel Christian Gill

Combining a fictional story about the childhood of Bessie Stringfield with true facts about her life, Gill’s book offers an introduction for young readers to the first African-American woman to cross the entire United States on a motorcycle. (Feb. 2019)

Glint by Samuel Sattin and Ian McGinty

When stores of Glint — the mineral that keeps the people on the planet Mora alive — start to run low, pit workers are pressed into overdrive for the good of their world. But one worker had dreams of another life, launching him into an adventure he could never have imagined. (Mar. 2019)

The Wizerd by Michael Sweater and Rachel Dukes

The life of high fantasy adventure may be exciting for some, but not for the Wizerd, who agrees — against his better judgment — to leave his comfortable life and home when sought out by an aspiring warrior in search of adventure. (Apr. 2019)