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:

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


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Club Spotlight Update!

This month we revisit the Drawing Comics Club at St Aubyn’s School, to find out about their latest members and what they’ve been up to!

Name of your Comic Club: Drawing Comics Club

Tell us about the latest members of your clubs: The club is so popular we have expanded our numbers from 10 to 12. This term we still have a range of very enthusiastic boys and girls from years 4 and 5.

Do you have a comic club activity you’d like to share: This week we took a leaf out of Phoenix Comic’s Jess Bradley‘s book and worked on comedy horoscopes, although I had to explain what a horoscope and star sign was first which took me by surprise! Following this long discussion, we have created some very funny panels which we will be giving to another group in the school for their pupil magazine!

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Which comics should we be reading right now?

Latest popular comics in the library include: Akissi – Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson and Corpse Talk : Ground-Breaking Scientists
by Adam Murphy and Lisa Murphy.

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Many thanks to librarian Rhiannon Cook for answering our questions!


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.






Comic Reviews

Introducing  a new feature – comic reviews written by members of comic clubs!

This month’s reviews were written by Helena and Zaynab from St Aubyn’s School.

If your comic club members would like to have their reviews of children’s, YA or All Ages comics published on the blog, please get in touch via our Contact page.







I enjoyed this because it has a good storyline and is really well illustrated and it also is really easy to understand.


My favourite character is Lena because she is mysterious. I like how she is a strong female, this shows a different side to comics. She is also very secretive.


The genre of this book is mystery and magic/witchcraft and romance. I really enjoy reading these types of books as they are the most fun to read.  This book shows a “dark side” of magic.

I would recommend this book to age 13+ as it contains some mature themes or may be frightening for young readers.


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Graphic Novel Review by Zaynab

Title: Tasmin and the Deep

By: Neill Cameron & Kate Brown

The Plot:

Tasmin and the Deep is about a girl; Tasmin, and how after a surfing accident and being dragged in the sea for a month, she inhabits the ability to fly on her surfboard, and her ‘lucky’ stick possesses magic. She can’t remember vividly what really happened whilst she was in the sea, but she gets images of a sinister sea creature and has nightmares of her running away from something. She then finds herself trying to find out who that sea creature is and what it wants with her and her family.

Thoughts on the graphic novel:

The storyline of the graphic novel was different from what I’ve read before, so it was a very engaging read. When it flashbacks to the past in the novel, the colours used in the illustrations are much lighter, so that was very effective. The characters were well developed throughout the story, and when they would react to something, it would be realistic.

Age recommendation:

This graphic novel is recommended for ages 8 and upwards.


Many thanks to Helena and Zaynab for sharing their recommendations with us, and thank you to librarian Rhiannon Cook for organising the reviews!

You can read about the comic club run by Rhiannon here

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.

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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!

January Comics Challenge

January’s Comics Challenge comes from cartoonist, illustrator and archaeologist John Swogger.

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You can download the worksheet or find PDFs of the instructions and the worksheet here.

Thanks to John for providing this month’s challenge!

You can read and download some of John’s archaeology comics for free on the Cadw website.

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