Swap Comics: Pizza Kittens!

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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.

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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!

 

 

Swap Comics: Dundee Comics Creative Space

Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at the different comic clubs that took part in the Comic Swap and showing pictures of their amazing comics.

First up is Da Awesome Comic, sent in by the comic club at Dundee Comics Creative Space.

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This club, who also took part in last year’s swap, sent us another brilliant publication full of funny, clever comics, showcasing a wide range of different drawing styles and narratives.

The comics include a magical computer, the day in the life of six different bugs and a cat who really, really likes pancakes.

Reading other people’s comics can give you great ideas for things to try out in your work. We loved the way that several comics in this compilation made use of limited colour in order to highlight the main characters or to draw attention to movements and sound effects.

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Tomato and Potato!!! by Harry Higgins

You can find out more about the comic club by reading this interview with DCCS Coordinator Damon Herd on the Comics Club blog.

We can’t wait to read more comics from the talented members of this club!

Comic Swap at Seven Stories!

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On Wednesday this week we had a meeting at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books to open up the parcels sent to us by comic clubs from across the country.

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Eight sets of amazing comics had been sent to us – from Dundee, Newcastle, Oxford, Bath, Essex, London and Sussex!

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We had a brilliant time reading the comics. They were funny, clever and informative. We were also impressed by the sophisticated cartooning skills displayed in the comics.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at each comic in more detail and getting to know the comic clubs that made them a bit better.

The comics are now in the post, and each of the clubs that took part will soon receive a package of five brilliant comics.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the clubs that took part, and to Rose Mockford and Seven Stories for supporting the swap!

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Take part in the Comic Swap!

There’s still plenty of time to send us your comics!  The deadline for this year’s swap is Friday 25th May.

Comic Swap is open to all sorts of children’s groups.

Some comics come from dedicated comic clubs – like this one from Dundee Comics Creative Space:

Others have been made in schools, such as last year’s entry from Kingsholm Primary School.

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Maybe you have made a comic with Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, or another out-of-school group?

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Explorer Unicorn by Megan

Perhaps you have your own comic club at home, with your brothers and sisters, or your best friends? Whatever kind of group you belong to, we’d love to help you share your comics  with other groups. Go here to find out how to take part!

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Smileys by Milo

 

Swap Dates for 2018!

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

The deadline for this year’s swap is Friday 25th May, which gives you lots of time to  make your comics and get them in the post.

We’re working with the brilliant team at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books again – and there’s still time to visit their Comics exhibition to get inspiration for your own comic.

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 Comic swap form now!

We can’t wait to see your comics!

 

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

 

Our first mini comic swap! 

High fives and thanks to all the young comics creators who took part in our first Comic Swap Mini Swap. It was a fantastic day as part of Juice Festival’s Comics Takeover Day at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books

Here’s the swap table at the start of the day. These first comics were made in advance by young comics artist-writers working with Ingi Jensson and Andy Waugh.

Here’s the swap table at the end of the day – BURSTING with comics!  Thanks to Mike Thompson for being swapshop shopkeeper. It was great to see comics that were inspired by the Comics! exhibition as well as mega-marvellous new characters in children’s very own stories. 

Keep an eye on this blog for more info. We learned a lot about how to run a busy-but-not-too-chaotic swap, including a token system to keep things moving. We want to help groups run their own swaps, so will be sharing what we’ve learned and helping connect comic swap groups.

We’re also hard at work planning postal swap dates for 2018. Is your comics club interested in taking part? Keep in touch! 

Comic Swap in Progress!

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The Comic Swap team recently met up at the incredible Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books in order to sort through the comics and parcel them up ready for posting. We had great fun reading the comics – and were impressed and entertained by the drawing and storytelling skills of all the young cartoonists.

Thank you to everyone who took park in the first Comic Swap. It’s been fantastic to receive comics from all around the country: Bath, Dundee, Gateshead, Gloucester, Newcastle, and North Yorkshire.

Look out for further blog posts on the comic groups involved in the swap and their amazing comics!

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