Welcome to The Comics Club – a great new resource for children from Neill Cameron and Hannah Sackett
A while back Neill Cameron, he of Mega Robo Bros, Lost Girl and many more comics, most of them for children, got in touch to tell me about a new project of his: comicsclub.blog, which he described as …
“a site dedicated to providing ideas and resources to comics clubs around the country, and to anyone who wants to join in with our ongoing project of Helping Awesome Kids Make Awesome Comics.”
This sounds like an excellent thing, since there are any number of small comics clubs around the country right now, whether attached to schools (for example Olly MacNamee has a great one in the Midlands, and has plans to link it to the Birmingham Comics Festival), community projects (the ace Team Ketchup), libraries or wherever – Cameron has his own monthly comics club at the Story Museum in Oxford. But the risk is that these things tend to exist in isolation, each one making the best of what they can get together for resources. Which is why something like this works so well, providing a central resource bank of comic stuff, all available for free and featuring the work of some great, great artists, including Cameron, Jamie Smart and more no doubt lined up. Each month there’s comic challenges, the latest was Jamie Smart doing a lets create a character piece, and before that Cameron did a comics with stick figures challenge, both brilliant to get the ideas going.
comicsclub.blog is a project by Neill Cameron and Hannah Sackett, with technical assistance from Sam Hardacre. You can find out more from the website, sign up to the mailing list, or just get in touch.