July Comics Challenge

This month’s challenge has been devised by Stoneydown Park School Drawing Group.

The challenge is inspired by the comics made by the group for this year’s Comic Swap

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Can you invent a spray that does exciting things? 

Sprays examples

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Use one of the templates below to invent you own magical spray and show how it works.

Spray template plain; Spray template colour; Spray template Black and white.

Thanks to Ben Thompson and the Stoneydown Park School Drawing Club for providing the challenge!

June Comics Challenge

This month’s challenge involves taking inspiration from the past.

Take a look at these animals and see if you can turn them into cartoon characters and make comics about them.

Hippopotamus ("William"), Faience

Ancient Egyptian hippo c. 1800 B,C.

 

Horse-Shaped Brooch, Bronze, Celtic

Iron Age horse from c,650 B,C.

 

This Owl of Athena is shown on a Greek silver coin from c. 450 B.C.

 

Brooch in the Form of a Dog, Champlevé enamel, bronze, Roman

Roman Dog 2nd Century AD.

 

Download the Ancient animals worksheet.

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May Comics Challenge

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This month’s comic challenge has been provided by the Drawing Comics Club at St Aubyn’s School.

Inspired by the Squid Bits Horoscopes in the Phoenix, the club have been making their own horoscopes. Take a look at some of them here.

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Lots of newspapers and magazines publish horoscopes, claiming to tell you what kind of week you will have, based on your star sign. Your star sign is based on your date of birth:

  • Aries (March 21-April 19)
  • Taurus (April 20-May 20)
  • Gemini (May 21-June 20)
  • Cancer (June 21-July 22)
  • Leo (July 23-August 22)
  • Virgo (August 23-September 22)
  • Libra (September 23-October 22)
  • Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
  • Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
  • Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
  • Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
  • Pisces (February 19 to March 20)

Your challenge is to make your own Horoscope of the Week. You could also try making up your own star signs (see Jess Bradley’s example here: http://squid-bits.tumblr.com/post/152151280507/star-signs).

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Thanks to librarian Rhiannon Cook and the members of the Drawing Comics Club for this month’s challenge!

 

Image: Astrological clock at Venice. Source: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venice_ast_sm.jpg

April Comics Challenge

This month we are challenging you to swap a comic!

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Mini-comics are great for comic swaps – find Sarah McIntyre’s instructions for making them here.

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If you make comics as part of a comics club, at school, in a group or with your friends, you can also take part in this year’s children’s Comic Swap.

Groups from across the country can swap their comics with one another. Last year groups from Bath, Dundee, Gateshead, Gloucester, Newcastle, and North Yorkshire took part. Want to find out more? Head over to the Comic Swap website now! The deadline for this year’s swap is Friday 25th May.

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March Comics Challenge

This month’s comic challenge comes from the amazing Jess Bradley!

Do get in touch if your group has taken up the challenge, and share some of your comics with us!

You can download the worksheet as a PDF here: Jess Bradley worksheet

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You might know Jess Bradley from her Squid Bits comic in The Phoenix.

She has published loads of brilliant, funny comics and also works as an illustrator and a writer.

Thanks to Jess for providing this month’s challenge!

February Comics Challenge

This month’s comic challenge come from the brilliant Viviane Schwarz!

Your challenge is to turn these blobs into a series of strange beasts. Then, choose your favourite beast and make a comic about it.

strange-beasts Viviane Schwarz

Download the strange-beasts worksheet.

You might know Viviane Schwarz from her picture books – including There are Cats in this Book. She has also written and illustrated the dream-like graphic novel The Sleepwalkers.

Thanks to Viviane for providing this month’s challenge!

Don’t forget to let us know if your comic club has completed any of our challenges – we’d love to see pictures of your work!