Monday 11 March 2024

It's Raining Evil Teachers - Comics by kids for World Book Week

World Book Day is the day I could hire myself out on twenty times over. It expands, inevitably, into World Book Week, and saw me teaching kids as far apart as Paisley, Chelsea, Leighton Buzzard, and Camberley.

Renfrewshire Libraries were the first to bagsy me for this week and, to add to the Book Week confusion, they promote my classes (and a raft of others) under the banner of Will Eisner Week, something I didn't even bother trying to explain to the kids this time around, cos I doubt there will ever be a primary school pupil who will ever have any awareness of the works of Will Eisner. 

They were two fun groups, from local schools working in two different libraries, and they came up with some good comics. This was followed by me meeting up with Frank Plowright for the first time in ages, then performing Post Office Scandal The Musical with the Socks, in Paisley Central Library in the evening. Quite the full day.

Cameron Vale School in Chelsea was the first of three schools where the kids came dressed up, because World Book Day. You know you're at a middle class school when you have two kids dressed as Tintin, three Bunny vs Monkeys, oodles of Harry Potters, and an Asterix and an Obelix. They were particularly well informed on their comics for kids, and included the novelty of me working with the very young kids (under 7), and getting away with it.

 South Camberley was another return booking, and another dressing up day. The head mentioned that I'd drawn Harley Quinn on the flipchart last year and that maybe I should avoid something so adult this time round. And who should be sitting in the front row as I begin one of the two assemblies of the day? A year 5 kid dressed as Harley Quinn. They came up with great stuff, as always.

Friday saw me making my debut at Oak Bank school in Leighton Buzzard, a school specialising in pupils with extra needs or who don't get on in mainstream schools. They came up with more marvellous stuff. One was dressed as a giant inflateable Picachu, and another was an inflateable T Rex. Such fun.

The celebrities these eight groups chose to appear in my demonstration strip were: Albert Einstein (his second appearance in the last fortnight), Michael Jackson (twice, he really is looking like being one of the year's most popular, bizarrely), Taylor Swift (twice), Nicki Minaj, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, and Justin Bieber.

My Books and where to get them:

Richard The Third Amazon - Etsy - Barnes & Noble - Waterstones
Findlay Macbeth - Amazon  - Etsy 
Prince Of Denmark Street - Amazon - Etsy - Kindle
Midsummer Nights Dream Team  - Amazon Etsy 
Shakespeare Omnibus Collection (all 3 books) - Amazon

Tales From The Bible - Amazon -  Etsy - Webtoons
The Book Of Esther - Lulu  - Amazon Webtoons
Captain Clevedon - Amazon
Tales Of Nambygate - Amazon  

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