Thursday, 13 November 2014

Suddenly Pineapples - brand new comics by kids

Here we have the front covers of a brand new collection of comics created by kids in my Comic Art Masterclasses in schools from Devon to North Yorkshire via Wiltshire. And I'm delighted to report that Doctor Who is enjoying a resurgence of popularity with my pupils (though, after a week in Ireland, where Doctor Who can't get arrested, it's a relief that they've even heard of it).

An interesting feature I've found over the last term, which has coincided with Peter Capaldi's first season as The Doctor, is that older pupils (year 5 and upwards) are evenly split between wanting me to draw an older Doctor (mostly Matt Smith, with a small fraction of David Tennant), whereas it's the younger pupils (year 3 and 4) who are devoutly Peter Capaldi fans. Seems you never forget your first Doctor. (Below we can see the flipchart drawings from Kentisbeare in Wiltshire, whose year 4 pupils wanted a Capaldi drawing, and Darley near Harrogate, whose year 6s wanted Matt Smith).

The celebrities they chose to tread on a worm in my demonstration strip were Simon Cowell (twice), Cheryl Cole, Taylor Swift, Bradley from The Vamps, and most imaginative suggestion of the week, Mick Jagger.

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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