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!
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
Sprays that do exciting things & other comics was a funny and original comic that made us all laugh. We loved the idea of sprays that do exciting things, and the bonus mini-comic.
Want to invent you own exciting spray? Head over to the the comic club blog for this month’s Comics Challenge and a set of templates.
You can read some reviews of this comic here.
Thanks to Stoneydown Park School Drawing Club and Ben Thompson for taking part!
Next up is Luna and Tweeny’s Adventure through Space! from the Inkpots Comics Crew.
This comic makes great use of visual storytelling. We loved the use of different angles and close-ups, as well as the heartfelt emotions on the characters’ faces.
We hope there will be more adventures for Luna and Tweeny in the future!
Thanks so much to the Inkpots Comics Crew and to Gill Pawley of Inkpots Writing Workshops!
Our next comic comes from the out-of-this-world Meteor Masters. The Meteor Masters are members of the Drawing Comics Club at St Aubyn’s school. You can read about their club here and here.
This funny and brightly coloured comic is full of jokes and great characters, including Dodo and Chipotato, the Crazy Unicorns, and Slimeman.
Top tip from the comic “Toaster”: you are often told not to repeat yourself when you are writing a story or making a comic, but in this panel the repetition in the caption and the speech bubble works brilliantly.
Many thanks to the Meteor Masters and librarian Rhiannon Cook for taking part in the swap!
This comic sent in by The Pizza Kittens! has a knockout cover. It compels you to turn the page to read the better-than-awesome comics inside!
This comic was made by members of Neill Cameron‘s Comics Club, which runs every month at the Story Museum in Oxford.
This publication lived up to its claim, and was full of excellent and very funny comics.
This extract from “Dave the Phantom Toilet” by Emile makes brilliant use of image, panel break, caption and thought bubble, allowing the reader to make the connection, rather than spelling out the joke.
We look forward to future comics from the Pizza Kittens!