CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Creating Characters!

Have you had a go at our February Comics Challenge yet? Lots of fine people have, taking Jamie Smart‘s top-notch tips and creating all sorts of strange and remarkable characters. Let’s have a look!

First, here are some of the amazing creations from Neill’s Comics Club group at The Story Museum in Oxford:

DJ DUCK, by Morrigan!

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The **CATEGORICALLY NOT CUTE** Floating tozbot, by Sabeen!

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The frankly extraordinary MR DEPRESSED LATTE MAN, by Eliza!

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The (extremely positive) FLYING MAGIC CLOUD SHEEP, by Jack!

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The (adorable) GINGERBREAD BOY, by Freddie!

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The (angry) Ballet Pig MR BALLA ANGRY, by Libby:

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…and lots more! (Sorry to everyone I didn’t get a photo for!)

It was great seeing other people join in on twitter, too:

Once you’ve created a character, of course, the fun part is making up a whole story about them! Neill’s usual starting point for story structure looks like this:

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But in honour of Jamie’s work, this time we tried a variant, which looked a bit more like this:

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…and which led to some HIGHLY ENTERTAINING results:

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(AMAZING. I do love a story with a moral, apart from anything else.)

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(HARROWING).

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(MACHO APPLEJUICE)

…anyway, why not try this out yourself? you can find Jamie’s activity sheet as a download here, and a stack of blank comics pages right here. Let us know how you get on!

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Stick Stories: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Last week we shared our first-ever Comics Challenge – Stick Stories – and now we thought we’d share some of the fantastic work some of our members came up with! First, here are some of the stick-figure renditions of characters and stories from Neill’s Comics Club group at the story museum in Oxford. Let’s start with a classic!

…Stick Rapunzel, by Libby!

Here’s one that manages to condense not just one story but an entire 6-movie epic saga into 4 panels: Stick Star Wars, by Charlie!

And, proving that even alarmingly violent dystopian sci-fi can be rendered adorable in the right artistic hands, here’s The Stick Hunger Games by Lauren!

(Here’s Stick Katniss!)

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And here are are some of our amazing artists with their work!

(… there were *many more* great ones, I just can only take so many photos. Sorry if I missed you out!)

Once we posted the challenge online, we had lots more people join in with their own Stick Stories! Check out some of this gloriousness and see if you can identify the characters / stories! (Answers at the bottom).

 

 

 

 

 

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(Answers, from top to bottom: Arriety from The Borrowers, Pippi Longstocking, Batman VS Superman, Pokemon Go, An Original Composition (I think), The Hobbit,  Ant-Man, Boffing Leaves The Oven On (what, you haven’t read it? It’s great), Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami).

There’s loads more – follow us on twitter at @ComicsClubBLOG or check out the #stickstories hashtag to see them! (Thanks to everyone from Sarah McIntyre’s @StudioTeaBreak gang who joined in, that was fun!)

If you’d like to have a go at making some Stick Stories yourselves, you can find the full activity and downloadable worksheets right here!

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