Comics Challenge: Can you make a noisy ‘silent comic’?

This challenge is all about making as much noise as possible, as silently as possible! Impossible?

A noisy 'silent comic' by Fern Hinton
This brilliant silent but noisy comic was created by Fern Hinton, an MA student on UEA’s comics studies programme. You can follow her on twitter at @HintonFern





A ‘silent comic’ is a special name given to a comic without any words, either as captions or in speech bubbles. Famous silent comics include The Snowman by Raymond Briggs and The Arrival by Shaun Tan. However, all comics can make noise. Sometimes this is done through the use of sound effects – CRASH! BANG! WALLOP! Another way is through the clever use of drawings to show how sounds are being made. In the comic by Fern Hinton above, her drawings make a very noisy story. What sounds can you hear?

Why not try giving this a go yourself? What is the noisiest comic you can draw? What about a rocket launching, or a pack of wolves howling at the moon? Or maybe an annoying baby crying? Or all three at the same time! What might happen next….?

For more ideas about noisy comics, we’ve got some great activities about sound effects. Why not try the June Comics Challenge: SOUND FX COMICS!

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