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!
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…
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:
Others had an important message to get across:
We’re really grateful to Ben Towle and all the members of the comic club for taking part in the swap!
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!
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!
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)
Widcombe Comic Club joined the swap for a second year with another collection of comics, including new characters such as Hetty’s Hippo and Finnely Frog and Phillip Fly.
Popular with readers from DDCS Comic Club, was Amelia’s comic, which made lovely use of colour and close-ups.
We can’t wait to see this year’s Comic Swap comics!
Next up in our review of the 2018 swap comics, is Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark by WEYDA (West End Young Digital Artists), based in the West End of Newcastle.
This informative and engaging comic makes use of brightly coloured digital art, and forms a brilliant educational resource, addressing the issues surrounding loan sharks.
Thanks to everyone at WEYDA for taking part in the swap!
The range of comics sent into Comic Swap is always inspiring.
Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic was created as part of the Hadrian’s Cavalry learning projects and was inspired by visits to Hadrian’s Wall. The comic was a collaborative project, led by comic artist Jim Medway who worked with three groups of young people to create a comic about Roman cavalry.
We loved the comics and drawings in this publication – they were by turns beautiful, informative and funny.
You can read more about the project here and you can even read and download the comic.
The Comic Swap dates for 2019 will be posted soon, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement on this page and on @comic_swap
Over the autumn and winter months of 2018, Hannah and Lydia were busy spreading the word about Comic Swap. Comics from the swap library were on display at Thought Bubble and the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair.
In the lead up to the launch date, we will be showcasing some more comics from the 2018 swap, starting with Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic.
Hannah and Lydia