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Scarecrows comic kickstarter

Today we’re featuring a second local kickstarter project – a comic and animation project called Scarecrows. The brainchild of local artist Berin Tuzlic, the comic is a fantasy evocation of childhood set in a dystopian wasteland. With a Tim Burtonesque style and evocative prose, it looks like it’s going to be a really wonderful book for the whole family to enjoy.

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You can read a 22 page preview of the story here, and help fund the book’s production here.  Best of all, one of the rewards is your very own patchwork scarecrow doll!

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Once Upon A Time in Morningside

Edinburgh born comics writer Seán Michael Wilson has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for his latest work – an autobiographical tale of life growing up in Edinburgh.  The book paints a picture of a world where kids roam free, adventure, and get into danger and scrapes out of sight of adult interference.

9a85cd7d9898913cbc952c98740a5f1a_largeThe book looks to have been beautifully illustrated by Hanna Strömberg, a Swedish artist who has brought Seán’s childhood adventures to life.  A full length graphic novel, the creators are looking for funding to pay for the book’s printing costs.  There are a number of reward tiers to choose from, most of which include a copy of the finished book in either soft or hardback.

It’s well worth checking out the project which looks to be a charming and beautifully illustrated account of childhood.

Smörgåsbord: introduction

This is a new monthly challenge started by Stephen. Here’s what it’s about in his own words (shamelessly copied from old mailout ;))

The challenge:

-Create a black and white comic/zine out of a folded piece of A4 paper in response to a random(ish)ly generated theme.
-Print/photocopy 10-15 copies and bring them along to the meet
-Swap with the other participants, so you leave with a varied collection of great miniature publications!

(if you’re stuck for what I mean then a great starting point is to fold an A4 page in half twice, so that you have an A6 booklet with four sides that can be unfolded to have an A4 poster on the reverse.)

Other than that, anything goes: drawing, collage, etc. etc. It should be a really interesting to see the different approaches that people take.  I thought it would be good to do it monthly at first so that there isn’t enough time to agonise over what you make.  Also, once we’ve got a fair collection together we can apply to get them put in The National Library.

There has been much deliberation about the name, but I think ‘Smörgåsbord’ is pretty apt, given the nature of the project and the the mythical snack platter much discussed in previous meets.

BBC Drop in and Draw at the Edinburgh Fringe

This August we had the fantastic opportunity to run a ‘Drop in and Draw’ event in the BBC’s Pink Tent at Potterow. As part of their Storytelling Fun Weekend (aimed at families) we turned up with coloured pencils, a giant speech bubble and several activities for children to complete.

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We had six activities in total, aimed at children aged 5+. Easily the most popular activity was ‘Create a Character’ –  participants were presented with three bowls of words, from which they drew a name, an occupation and an adjective. They then used these to create an original character! And we ended up with some very original characters from all age groups:

Other activities included an Expressions sheet, for people to practise drawing the same character in different moods:

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And ‘Create a Superhero’ (though lots of people chose to draw a supervillain instead):

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Also popular with all age groups was our giant wall comic – Zuzanna started us off with the first panel and people (including the ELC team!) seemed to have a lot of fun adding to it over the weekend. It was definitely my favourite of the activities we used, and I hope we’ll get the chance to do it again somewhere!

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We ended up with kind of a ‘choose your own adventure’ comic, sprawling into several different (slightly eccentric) storylines:

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The predictably miserable festival weather seemed to go in our favour on the Sunday, when people sheltering from the downpour meant our tent was kept very busy! Overall the event seemed to go over well with the crowds of children coming and going from the CBBC events in the Big Blue Tent – the age group was maybe a bit younger than we’d anticipated, but enthusiasm was high and several children spent a long time in the tent working to complete all the activities! Thanks to the BBC for the opportunity, and to all the families there over the weekend who made it a fun event for everyone involved!

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