Thought Bubble!

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Comic Swap is heading to Thought Bubble Comic Art Fair this weekend!

We will have the Comic Swap comics on display for you to read, and you can find out more about how to take part in next year’s Comic Swap!

Find Lydia Wysocki/Applied Comics Etc on Table 39 in The Pride Hall, and Hannah Sackett on Table 144a in the Ask for Mercy Hall.

We’d love any young cartoonists, teachers, librarians, parents, arts educators, etc to come and talk to us about the opportunities for children and young people to make and share their own comics.

Comic Swap Comics 2019: Ghost Zine

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Ghost Zine is our first Comic Swap contribution by a family group. Ghost Zine was created by brother and sister Joe and Robyn, and features a series of drawings of different types of ghosts.

Thanks to Russel for getting copies of Ghost Zine in the post to us, and thank you to Joe and Robyn for taking part in the swap – we’re big fans of your funny and energetic ghost drawings.

We’re hoping that Ghost Zine will encourage more comic-making siblings/cousins/family groups to take part in future Comic Swaps.

 

Comic Swap Comics 2019: Banana Heroes

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The Drawing Comics Club from St Aubyn’s School were back again this year with the brilliantly titled Banana Heroes comic. The Drawing Comics Club has a shifting membership, but they always turn out excellent comics.

We were especially impressed by the use of bright, eye-catching, colour in Banana Heroes.

Many thanks to librarian Rhiannon Cook and the Drawing Comics Club for taking part in Comic Swap!

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Comic Swap Comics 2019: Kingswood Comicals

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Another new group to take part in Comic Swap this year is the comic club from Kingswood Primary School in South London. We loved all the stories in this comic, but we decided to share Food Friends by Thomas because it made us laugh, and also because we enjoyed the clear, confident line of Thomas’s drawing.

Thanks so much to Helen Jones and the Kingswood comic club for taking part – we hope to see Volume Two of Kingswood Comicals in Comic Swap 2020!

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Comic Swap Comics 2019: Guardians of the Comics

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The comic club members at Dundee Comics Creative Space contributed our first ever Comic Swap comic, and have taken part every year so far!

This year’s contribution – Guardians of the Comics – was as brilliant as ever, packed with comics in a wide variety of styles and storytelling. Out of the many brilliant comics in the volume, we thought we’d share this comic by Darcey Maltman. We loved the wordless panels at the start of the comic, and the clever way in which it set up expectations for a different kind of story…

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Swap Comics 2019: The Messed Up Stories…

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This year saw our first international contribution to Comic Swap – The Messed Up Stories by the One the Only Comics Club – based at The Downtown School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

This comic was packed with brilliant comics, some of which made us laugh – like this one:

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Others had an important message to get across:

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We’re really grateful to Ben Towle and all the members of the comic club for taking part in the swap!

Comic Swap Comics 2019

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Over the next few weeks we’re going to introduce you to the brilliant Comic Swap comics from this year’s swap. Each year we get a bigger range of comics and have a chance to see the variety of different comics being made by young people. We’re going to share examples of work that could inspire other cartoonists – including those using original approaches, some that tackled interesting subject matters, and quite a few that made us laugh.

We’d love to hear back from any of the groups that took part – please tell us your highlights of this year’s Comic Swap!

Comic Swap 2019!

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On Friday 14th June, Hannah and Lydia met with Jayne Humphreys at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books to carry out this year’s Comic Swap!

We received comics from 11 groups of young cartoonists, including our first ever international comic.

We had a brilliant time reading the comics, and we’re look forward to sharing extracts and inspiration from the comics.

The comics have been sorted, and five comics have been sent out to each of the groups.

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in this year’s swap!

 

Swap Dates for 2019!

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We are very happy to announce the start of our third Comic Swap!

The deadline for this year’s swap is Friday 24th May 2019, which gives you lots of time to  make your comics and get them in the post.

We’re delighted to be working with the brilliant team at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books again as the postal home for our swap.

Not sure what Comic Swap is all about? Head over to this page to find out all you need to know about joining in with this year’s swap.

Ready to sign up? Download the permission form (PDF) now!

We can’t wait to see your comics!

 

Image: Lola and Dan by Lucy (from Widcombe Comic Club’s 2017 swap comic)