In The Classroom - Using Comics With Jim McClain

Saturday, September 22nd at 1:00pm

Author and Educator

Jim McClain

Workshop and Signing

Solution Squad

Event Guidelines

  • This event is free and open to anyone who works with school-aged children. 
  • Signing is only available for books purchased from The Brain Lair Bookstore.
  • Pre-purchasing a copy of Solution Squad before release date ensures you a signed copy.
  • Please call 574-400-5572 with questions

About Solution Squad

Finalist, Best in Middle Grade Books, 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

When a group of six math-themed teen superheroes takes flight in their amazing Coordinate Plane on a new mission, pure adventure awaits Using their incredible wits and special powers to solve deadly puzzles and defeat their enemies, Jim McClain's Solution Squad helps you learn math without even trying From the temperature-changing hothead Absolutia to the newest member of the team, Radical, each member of the Squad teaches you and reminds you of math concepts with every use of their powers and mention of their names 

Facing villains like The Poser, The Reverse-Engineer, and the Confectioneer, whose powers come from chemicals based on candy, the Solution Squad never fails to deliver excitement and heartfelt emotion as they work together to solve problems. This 144-page graphic novel was created, written and designed by award-winning middle school math teacher Jim McClain, recipient of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and 2018 Pop Culture Educator of the Year, Middle Level.

The book features illustration by Rose McClain (Scoundrels), Serena Guerra (Mice Templar), Paul E. Schultz (Poe & the Mysteriads), Jessica Lynn (Bones), and Christopher Jones (Young Justice). Also contributing to the artwork are Eisner winners George P rez, Gene Ha, and Janet K. Lee, as well as Inkwell Award winner Josef Rubinstein, and X-Men Evolution character designer Steven E. Gordon.


About Jim McClain

Jim writes and letters the comic and draws occasionally too, as time permits. He designed the heroes, villains, and the technology of the comic, as well as the logo. He is a middle school math teacher with 29+ years of teaching experience and a love of comic books and superheroes.

Jim has literally traveled from coast-to-coast, speaking as an expert on the use of comics to teach math. He has spoken at Comic-Con International in San Diego, New York Comic Con and many points between.

He is married with a wonderful daughter. His ultimate goal is to have a Solution Squad animated series made available for all young people to spark their passion in learning about math!


If you cannot attend the event and would like to order a signed copy of the book, add the book to your cart and put SIGNED COPY in the comments field at checkout. Domestic shipping only!

Come and see Jim McClain and support The Brain Lair Bookstore, your local independent children's bookstore and a local author!

Event date: 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

Event address: 

714 E Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46517
Jim McClain's Solution Squad Cover Image
By Jim McClain, Rose McClain (Artist), Serena Guerra (Artist)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780998942506
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Solution Squad LLC - June 9th, 2017

Finalist, Best in Middle Grade Books, 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards