A few months ago we noticed the brilliant responses to some of our Comics Challenges on the Salford Comics Club blog. Hannah Sackett talked to Joanne Wozencroft about their club.
Name of your Comic Club: Salford Comics Club.
Where do you meet and how often? Height Library in Salford, once a month.
Average number of members: 8 – 12
How long have you been running? Since June 2018
Tell us about your club:
Salford Comics Club is a small, free community-run comics club that runs every second Saturday of the month. We’re open to anyone aged 6 to 14, and often have a real mix of ages in our drop-in sessions.
We set up the club with the aim of getting more kids into the local library and sharing our love of comics – but ultimately, we want kids to have fun! Each session usually has a theme, linked to a challenge that aims to help the children come up with an idea for and create a comic to take home with them. This can be anything from remembrance and history (our theme for November) to animal hybrids and random shapes.
Do you have a comic club activity you’d like to share:
One of our club’s favourite activities to end on is a ‘drawing game’ – we try and do one of these every week. Each person takes it in turn to draw something on our large flip chart, everyone adding a bit to the drawing until we’ve got our very own crowd-sourced. masterpiece. The results are usually something hilarious and horrific in equal measure.
Please do check out the club’s blog to see more of their brilliant 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.
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!
It’s brilliant to hear from comic clubs after they’ve taken up one of our challenges.
Some excellent comics were made my members of the Inkpots Comic Crew in response to Jess Bradley’s August Comics Challenge
Gill Pawley of Inkpots shared some of the group’s comics and told us:
“The challenge set by Jess was the perfect timing for us at Inkpots as we were returning to our after school clubs after the summer break. We already had a number of children who really love creating cartoons and have been joined by some new members who also do, so our Comic Crew is really thriving. We have really enjoyed Jess’s challenge and some children who have never made a cartoon joined in too. The ideas also sparked off some other stories and children went on to create longer stories. Thanks so much Jess and Comics Club Blog!”
Thanks so much to Gill and the Inkpots Comic Crew for sharing these with us!
Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you would like your club’s challenge comics shared on this site.
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.
Continuing with the theme of random things, we then asked the children to select and draw two random things from this list of random categories:
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The children then had to find a way to link those two things in a story/comic. Should they combine the two objects to create an interesting character? Or should the story revolve around those two objects? Or should one object be the character and the other a tool?
Lots of cartoonists have been taking part in Inktober– an annual challenge that involves making an ink drawing every day of the month. Inktober may be coming to an end, but the drawing prompts provided on their website are useful all year round.
This comic challenge makes use of Inktober-style prompts to make a drawing game that is a perfect warm up activity for comic club.
You will need: Paper, pens, a small bag or box, scissors, timer/stopwatch (optional).
STEP 1: Print out and cut up the prompts provided here: Prompts 01
You can also use this blank sheet to create your own list of prompts: Prompts 02. Put the words in a small bag or box.
STEP TWO: Take a sheet of A4 paper and fold it three times, then unfold, to create eight spaces for drawing in.
STEP THREE: One person picks a prompt word out of the bag or box and reads out the word. Draw the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word. If you want you can use a timer and have everyone draw a picture in one minute or thirty seconds.
STEP FOUR: Repeat until you have filled up your page (or several pages).
The most popular warm-up drawing activity at Widcombe Comic Club is called “Draw yourself as a …” Each time the club meets, there is a new sheet to fill in. To begin with they were made by me, but now club members are making their own sheets too.
What would you look like as a cake or a boot or an owl? You can share your drawings with us on @ComicsClubBLOG.