Making a graphic novel is a creative activity that requires a tremendous amount of support from a wide variety of sources. We were fortunate enough to assemble a fantastic core team in an academic environment that allowed us to create and to experiment freely.



Petr Johanes

Petr Johanes is a current PhD student in the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Learning Science and Technology Design (LSTD) Program. Petr is the recipient of the Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford's highest award for teaching assistants, and currently teaches thermodynamics in engineering and the design of digital learning tools in education. He is broadly interested in STEM education, designing digital learning environments and learning analytics, and how epistemology influences learning and research. To learn more about Petr, visit his website at or a profile interview at


Masami Kiyono

Masami Kiyono is an illustrator and story artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Santa Cruz for her B.A. in Art, and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts through the Visual Narrative department. She now resides in Los Angeles as a freelance illustrator, working on her own graphic novel, Happa, in her spare time. To contact her and see more of her work, please visit her website at


Alberto Salleo

Alberto Salleo is a faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University. His research interests are in the areas of soft materials for energy, flexible electronics and bioelectronics. He is a Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science since 2015. Alberto teaches classes in classical thermodynamics in materials science, and electronic and optical properties of soft conjugated materials. He is the recipient of the 2016 Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest teaching honor.


Colin Reeves-Fortney

Colin Reeves-Fortney is a media and course producer at the Stanford Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). Before helping Stanford faculty and instructional designers put their courses online, he worked in the film industry.

Ecosystem SUPPORT

office of the Vice-Provost for teaching and learning (VPTL)

VPTL provided the bulk of the financial resources we used to make The Phoenix Corps a reality. Along with the financing, VPTL provided us with vital media production and instructional design support.

Stanford Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MATSCI)

The MATSCI department supported the project from the beginning, helping us win the first grant and giving us the opportunity to pilot test as well as deploy The Phoenix Corps in engineering classrooms.

Stanford Learning Analytics (LYTICS) Lab

The Lytics Lab has provided invaluable intellectual and research support, especially in designing the methods to deploy the graphic novel digitally and the systems to analyze learning-related data.

Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE)

The GSE's intellectual and research community created an environment that encouraged us to refine our learning design and re-think some of our core assumptions.