Some of the world’s most important lessons appear between the dialog bubbles of popular comic books. Lecturers, teachers, and educators around the world have incorporated comics into their course material, using them to inspire students to think critically as well as to clarify complex topics such as physics, language, and science. From the earliest characters in the 1930s to modern-day superheroes, comics have supported civil rights; explored other complex social issues; and encouraged bravery, innovation, wisdom, and responsibility.

Despite meeting initial resistance from educators and psychologists, comics have continued to thrive and teach. For example, Captain America was associated with patriotism during World War I in the United States. The appearance of radioactive material in comics served as political commentary on the use of nuclear weapons. Writers explored alcoholism and other social issues in Ironman story arcs, and civil rights came to light within the plots of the X-Men. Batman and Robin work best as a team, a reflection on cooperation and human relations. Lastly, Peter Parker battles constantly with the mammoth responsibility of being Spider-Man.

About the Author

Nabila Khashoggi founded NABILA K, a luxury skin care line and has written a children’s comic book series, Spartan and the Green Egg that explores environmental and cultural themes around the world.
Ms. Khashoggi  supports and works closely with the Italian charity organization The Children for Peace (ONLUS).

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About Nabila Khashoggi

A veteran businesswoman, philanthropist, mother, and actress, Nabila Khashoggi’s multifaceted career spans three decades and residence on several continents. Working primarily to secure financing for entertainment and industrial projects from her office in New York, Nabila Khashoggi is also about to market a new line of natural cosmetic products. Intending to raise childhood awareness of other cultures, geography, and the environment, she is also writing a children’s comic book series, entitled Spartan and the Green Egg. Nabila Khashoggi received her education in France, Switzerland, and England, later accepting a position as a Vice President of Triad Commercial Corporation and Al-Nasr Trading, companies that her father controlled. Her daily responsibilities involved import-and-export transactions, commodities trading, project development, and the financing of agricultural complexes in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 1983, Nabila Khashoggi co-founded Infolex, a search engine for travel information developed by software engineers with design and marketing experience whose work anticipated the technology on which today’s travel search engines rely. This cutting-edge solution provided users with speedy access to travel information at airports and hotels throughout Europe and North America. For the next three years, Nabila Khashoggi worked with her brother to establish Mara Intrepids Camp as a Kenyan tourist destination. She also devoted energy to developing and marketing properties in such major markets as London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Another one of her ventures during this period involved financing and marketing mobile hospital units and associated medical equipment. With ambitions beyond business, Nabila Khashoggi has pursued training as an actress, performing on stage, in film, and on television. She is a committed supporter of The Children for Peace (ONLUS), an Italian-based nonprofit organization benefitting children in third-world countries. She is the mother of two sons and actively encourages environmental responsibility and organic lifestyle habits.

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