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Dr. Bruce Kessler, Author
Art by: Tressa Tullis

Operation Comics

Operation Comics is a unique format for presenting grade appropriate mathematics to students in grades 4 through 6. Students at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green, Kentucky were involved in the pilot project and have been using Operation Comics since January 2009.

The stories involve the adventures of Wonderguy, a strongman superhero doing good deeds with the assistance of two elementary-school students, Claire and Dillon, who use mathematics to help him out of sticky situations.

Bruce Kessler, author of Operation Comics, is a mathematics professor at Western Kentucky University, with 22 years experience in the classroom with students of all ages, and is Head of the Department of Mathematics in the WKU Ogden College of Science & Engineering. During Spring 2006 he wrote and hosted a series of television shows, "Math Matters: Why Do I Need To Know This?", that appeared on internal WKU cable.  In April 2013, he was granted his first patent, on some of the mathematics at-work behind the software package Peaklet Analysis.

“As a child, I was a fan of comic books,” Kessler said, “so the Operation Comics series has been a labor of love.” There are currently six comic books in the series, with the possibility of more issues in the future. Any new developments will be posted at this web site.  

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