Comics Challenge: Discount Superpowers

This brilliant Comics Challenge has been devised by Seth from QES Comics Club. Thanks so much to Seth and librarian Gemma Sosnowsky for sharing this with Comics Club Blog.

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You are walking through town and you find a Superpower shop. You have no money.

Luckily they are having a clearance on the discount bin (all the discount powers are free).

What do you choose? (Must be a rubbish power – no super-strength, speed or flight.)

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We’d love to see your bargain bin superpowers! Do get in touch with us if you’d like to be featured on Challenge Accepted or you can share your comics with us on twitter @ComicsClubBLOG.

Autumn Comics Challenge

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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.

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Leaves, sticks and seeds can also be used to create landscapes, settings, buildings and vehicles for your comics.

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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!

Leafy Characters

Leafy Landscape comic

More leaves

Comics Challenge: Make a Comic Shop!

This challenge was inspired by one of Jess Bradley‘s brilliant sketch book projects.

Jess has made her own miniature bookshop:

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Your challenge is to work alongside other comic club members to make a comic shop.

The mini-comics you make could be tiny copies of your favourite comics, they could be comics you’ve written, or they could be brand new titles you’ve just made up.

 

You can create your comic shop in a sketchbook, or you could make a small model comic shop in a cardboard box.

Once the shop is stocked with comics, have a grand opening and read each other’s tiny stories.

Many thanks to Jess Bradley for sharing her ideas and photos with us!

Comics Challenge: Comic Narratives

This Comic Challenge comes to us from the Salford Comics Club.

The aim of this challenge is to use the narrative prompts on the sheets to help you tell your story. Narrative 3-panel-comic  Narrative 6-panel-comics

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If you need help getting started, Salford Comic Club suggest you try this:

First draw:

  • something you play with
  • something you wear and
  • something you eat

Then use one or more of these things as inspiration for characters.

Now create a story around these characters, using these blank comic templates with thought/narration bubbles on them to help guide your story and move the action forward.

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You can see some more of the Salford Comics Club members’ comics here.

Thanks so much to Joanne Wozencroft for sharing this challenge with us!

Comics Challenge: Group Comics

This challenge involves working together as a group to make a comic. Each club member draws a single panel, then they are put together in order to create a whole comic.

The challenge is to create a “Day in the Life” comic of a character or a place.

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As a group you could (for example) decide to recreate a day in the life of Whiskers the cat, or a day in the life of a space station. Cut up the sheets (Group comic – sheet 01 and Group comic – sheet 02) into individual panels and share them out across the group. When the panels are finished, put them back together in order to discover the events of the day!

You could use post-it notes or index cards instead of these sheets, and you could tell the story of a journey over days or weeks, or the history of a country or planet over years, decades or centuries, rather than a day in the life.

Please get in touch to share pictures of your Comics Challenge comics!

 

Comic Challenge: Daily Diary

Keeping a diary is a common New Year’s resolution, but it can be hard to think of things to write in a diary every day.

Cartoonist Lynda Barry encourages students in her comics classes to keep a diary of the things they notice in the world around them. Keeping this kind of diary can help you as a cartoonist, writer and artist. It can also give you great ideas for comics, characters and dialogue.

You can use Lynda Barry’s diary format, or you can use this simplified version:

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You can download a Diary Challenge double page printout.

Don’t worry if you don’t remember to keep a diary every day, just keep drawing and writing in it as often as you can.

Comic club members could keep a diary for at least seven days, then at the next comic club meeting they could use their favourite words, phrases and images from their diary to make a comic.

Comic club leaders, if you haven’t come across Lynda Barry’s Syllabus or What it is, they are full of brilliant ideas.

 

 

Comics Challenge: Comic Jam Scrabble!

For this version of a comic jam you will need post-it notes or squares of plain paper.

Someone starts the jam by drawing the start of a comic, with each post-it note as a panel. You can draw a well-known story or make one up.

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Now two more people can join the jam.

One continues to draw the original story, taking the story wherever they like.

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The other person chooses one of the panels to use as part of a new comic. For example:

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Now more and more people can join in, adding new comics, just as you would add new words in scrabble.

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Keep going until you run out of space!

Please do send us some photos if you take up this challenge.