Swap Comics: Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark


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!



Swap Comics: Cavalry Comics


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.



Comic Swap countdown!


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



Swap Comics: Sprays that do exciting things.


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!

Swap Comics: Adventure through Space!


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!

Swap Comics: Intergalactic Comic-ness


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!


Comic Swap reviews!

Check out DCCS Comic Club’s brilliant reviews of their Comic Swap comics!

Dundee Comics Creative Space

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We were super excited to receive a parcel from Comic Swap this week. A few weeks ago we sent off some copies of Da Awesome Comic and in return we were sent 5 comics from other comics clubs around the country. The five amazing comics were:

Hadrian’s Cavalry Comic
Intergalactic Comic-ness
Widcombe Comic Club Volume 2
Eddy Tiles and the West End Loan Shark
Sprays That Do Exciting Things & Other Comics 2018

We decided that it would be really great for our Comics Clubbers to read the comics and then draw some short strips as reviews. See the wonderful results below!

review conorSprays That Do Exciting Things review by Conor

review dianaThe Adventure of Marshmallow & Sun (from Intergalactic Comic-ness) review by Diana

review lanaAmelia’s Comic (from Widcombe Comic Club) review by Lana

review shannonSprays That Do Exciting Things review by Shannon

review darceySprays That Do Exciting Things review by Darcey

review emilyHadrian’s Cavalry Comic review…

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Swap Comics: Pizza Kittens!


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!



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.


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.

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!