Monthly Archives: February 2015

Smörgåsbord+

In addition to the usual Smörgåsbord zine  swap we (me and Stephen :P) decided to try out something similar but on a slightly larger scale. This is aimed to be a bit longer comic and the deadline is also longer. And then we can swap them just like we do with the usual Smörgåsbord! So here are the rules:

  • format: a5
  • pages: 8 (two a4 sheets) or if you want to include an extra cover piece that’s fine too (this will make it three a4 sheets)
  • Black and White

Similarly there will be a theme. The theme for the inaugural Smörgåsbord+ zine swap is

DECOMPOSITION

And the deadline is 3 months, so it will be May – to be precise, date of our May meeting which is the 12th.

—Z

Kirkliston Library Manga Workshop

Recently we were invited by Kirkliston library to run a Manga Workshop! The event was held over two consecutive Saturdays this January, and was aimed at young people aged 10+.

Setting up.
Setting up.

We started everybody off on day one with some character creation and development exercises, including the fearsome expressions sheet! How do you draw a smug ninja? It’s the ultimate challenge, but everyone really had fun with it and did a great job.

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Zuzanna’s example efforts

Then we moved on to a collaborative comic creation game – everybody drew one panel of a manga, then passed it on to the next person who continued the story (and so on). Everybody really seemed to have fun with this one!

consequences

We were really pleased with how the first day went, so we were looking forward to coming back the next week and doing some more work with the participants on their own ideas. We gave some of the older people in the group a bit of homework – to come up with a character and a rough story for their own manga!

We weren’t sure if anyone was going to take us up on the exciting offer of extra homework, so we planned lots of activities for the second Saturday just in case. We needn’t have worried! All of the young people were really enthusiastic and came up with some brilliant ideas, which we helped them to develop. We did play a few rounds of my favourite game anyway, though – Monster Evolution!

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A few more photos of everyone getting into the Manga zone:

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Thanks to all of the talented young people for coming along and to the staff of Kirkliston library for making it a great couple of days!

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We’re so Manga.