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…
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!
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 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!
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.
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!