This challenge is all about making as much noise as possible, as silently as possible! Impossible?
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….?
Then you will need to think really carefully about what you are going to draw. Will it be a character or object? You might want to draw the whole thing first of a piece of spare paper to help you to think about the shapes and steps you need to draw them.
Draw a little piece of the character or object in each box, and then add a bit more in the next box until you have finished the character by the last box. Write step-by-step instructions so that someone else can copy what you did.
Can you give your finished ‘how to draw’ to some one else? See if they can copy your character or object!
This drawing and writing game is a good way of finding out how different words and pictures can join together to form a comics panel. It’s based on an exercise from “Cartooning, Philosophy and Practice”.
Here are some examples of my word and image combinations:
Recently you might have seen rainbows popping up in windows around where you live. Children (and adults!) have been drawing and painting rainbows to spread some cheer in the streets and to support the National Health Service (NHS). Why not make a super smiley rainbow in a Manga Kawaii style? Kawaii means cute in Japanese.
All you need is some bright colours to draw, paint or collage a rainbow. Then use black paint or a pen to add two cute eyes and a cheery smile! Below are some we’ve made and others we have seen on our local street. Why not share a photo of one you’ve made with us? You can show us at @ComicsClubBLOG
If you are making a comic set in an alternative world, then creating original creatures can help to make your world more convincing and could offer new ideas for stories and adventures.
The Hilda comics (and cartoons) created by Luke Pearson are full of strange and wonderful creatures, such as the Woffs.
The Usagi Yojimbo comics by Stan Sakai are peopled by anthropomorphic characters, including swordsrabbit Miyamoto Usagi. Instead of the animals found in our world, Usagi’s world is full of dinosaur-like lizards or ‘tokage’.
What kind of world will you set your story in – an alien planet, a fantasy forest, an underwater realm…? Once you have decided, make a Wildlife Spotter’s Guide to some of the most common, or most interesting, wildlife in your world.
This comics challenge involves making comics and comic characters using the Autumn landscape.
The challenge is to collect some Autumn leaves and use them to make new comic characters and stories. You can photograph the leaves, then print out the photos and doodle on them, like I did, or you can use the leaves to make collage comics, and then photograph or scan the finished comics.
Leaves, sticks and seeds can also be used to create landscapes, settings, buildings and vehicles for your comics.
We’d love to see your club’s Autumn themed comics, so please get in touch if you’d like to share them on the blog, or share them with us on twitter @ComicsClubBLOG
Here are some worksheets to get you started with your Autumn comics challenge!