That last panel is one of the reasons why it’s VERY important to have clear rubrics for a project like this. Make sure there’s no vagueness in your expectations!
This is really an amazing piece of work. It’s the kind of thing there’s no measure for on standardized tests or Common Core Curriculums but… as an educator when you see students connecting with a text so thoroughly and bringing their talents to bear in showing how that text works? It’s a wonderful thing.
You can see comics about the last time I used this project here, when my classes were reading Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan. I like giving class projects with have eight or nine little pieces that, when put together, add up to one big thing.
I know some teachers love having students sit in on parent teacher conferences… and more power to them. Myself, I find having a student in a PT conference becomes a distraction and sometimes a hinderance to what the goal of that time is supposed to be. As I put it to my students who do come in, “You get an entire lifetime with your mom/dad/whoever. I only get fifteen minutes twice a semester. Give me some time!”