Thursday, 23 June 2016

Attack Of The Rainbow Pig - comics by kids in Bethnal Green, Backwell & Wiltshire

In the last month it's been hard to find a group of Year 6 pupils who didn't want to call their comic something to do with Donald Trump, but at last here were two of them. Entirely Trump-free, these are the ideas of the pupils at Preshute Primary in Wiltshire (a school I've been going to for years, I first visited them back in 2004, as one of the very first schools I taught at). Let's hope that's the last we've seen of Donald Trump, eh?

And there he is, right back on the front cover, in a suggestion from (you guessed it) year 6s at Bonner Primary in Bethnal Green. Due to a last-minute confirmation for this school visit, I had to drive to London rather than taking the train (which, at a day's notice, is impossibly expensive). So it was that I ended up driving 8 hours, to teach for 4.

As well as the pupils at Backwell school, on the left, we have here a comic I did for a 13th birthday party. I'm always surprised when people want a Comic Art Masterclass for their party - everyone turns up to eat cake, and I sit them down and force them to draw. They seemed to enjoy it though, and it's a novelty. As was the example you'll see in the middle of the montage below, where I had to stay a little bit longer at a school (Albert Bradbeer in Birmingham, now you ask) to draw (on top of having drawn 60 pupils in the two classes that day) every single member of staff. 40 of them in all. It's nice to be popular.

The celebrities these six classes chose for my demonstration strip were Donald Trump, Stevie Wonder, The Queen (twice), Simon Cowell, and Selena Gomez.

Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres. After a morning or an afternoon every pupil goes away with a photocopied comic containing a strip by every single one of them, and an individual caricature by Kev F. Please email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video  

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