Thursday, 30 October 2014

How To Train Your Pumpkin - comics by Beano kids in St Pancras

Here we see a very special selection of comics, and a couple of flipcharts, all produced as part of The Beano's Comic Art Masterclasses held in conjunction with St Pancras Station.

St Pancras is featured on the front cover of the 2015 Beano annual, and these classes have been organised to co-promote the two. This week I did two days of classes, four classes in all, in the unusual setting of the station concourse itself (or, more accurately, the open seating area of the Betjeman Arms, who do the most fantastic food and have the most helpful staff you could imagine.)

We didn't produce a finished printed comic, as I would do in my regular classes (no access to photocopier), but everyone went away very happy with their comic strips, caricatures, and a head full of my nonsense on how easy is is to draw comics.

I was very pleased with the range of titles they dreamed up, what with us covering trains (we were in a station), Halloween (topical), Renee Zellwegger (even more topical), and barbeques (okay, that one's random). And the celebs they chose to appear in my demonstration strip ranged from the usual Simon Cowell, Rihanna and Katy Perry to the first ever appearance of Sir John Betjeman.

Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing Pansy Potter, Bananaman, Biffo The Bear et al 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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