Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fat Elvis & the Action Donkey - new comics by kids

And so we come to the end of the school year with the final comics of term. As you can probably guess, most of the kids I was working with here are from year 8 and 9 - you don't get titles like Action Man Gets Some Action from year 3. As for what Bish Whet means in the Never Touch Another Girl's Weave illustration, I don't think I want to know. Year 8 are very into their in-jokes and memes. And LOL always gets in there among the suggestions, this time making it onto the cover.

The celebrities they chose for the "treads on a worm" demonstration were Michael Jackson, Kim Kardashian, Bob Marley, Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez and, novel suggestion of the week, Paul McCartney.

The classes featured include a specially arranged one from a comedy festival in Ward End, Greenock library (where kids have been on summer holidays for a fortnight already), and schools in Walsall, Greenford and Crystal Palace. And, though term time is over, the Comic Art Masterclasses resume in a week or so when I'll be gracing the libraries of Edinburgh with my presence while the Scottish Falsetto Socks are doing their thing every night at the Gilded Balloon.

Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing Bananaman in The Beano, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. He's been writing and drawing comics for 25 years, he must know something.

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