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Hey, cool, Al Maceachern saw this on the wall at his local train station and recognised my drawing! I hadn't seen the poster, thanks for sending the photo, Al!

And Scholastic's magazine did a special article on comics, and how they get kids reading. Shhh... don't listen, kids! Comics are BAD FOR YOU and will BEND YOUR MIND, that's why you want to read them.

(Click on the pages to enlarge)

Congratulations, Nick Moore, age 10, for winning the competition to have your comic reworked by a (former) DFC artist! Nick's work didn't need much improving, I just added bits and changed the colours around so it wouldn't look like I was tracing his picture. I liked his extra illuminations in the margin, and I possibly could have improved on the second panel, making the dinosaur roar on the left and have the cave man throw his axe on the right; but that would have taken some major reworking, and I think it's okay as is. Great to work with you, Nick, even if we never actually met up.


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Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
I really love our drawing on that poster! And I love that Mr. Moore added a cake in the upper right hand corner of his comic about cave men.
Jul. 25th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
Haha, that cake IS great! I wonder if it's made of Brontosaurus or something.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Al's nice like that!
Jul. 25th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
I've only met him a few times and hope I'll get a chance to get to know him a bit better. But he seems like a really nice guy!
Jul. 23rd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
That Scholastics piece seems like a step in the right direction. I know they've had a fairly supportive view on comics in the past (they published a couple of how to draw manga books for kids that a friend of mine did a few years back).

I don't know if it's common practise either but they used to use the Beano, Dandy and Sonic The Comic as reading aids at my old secondary schools learning support centre. It often proved successful in getting 12 year old boys to read.
Jul. 25th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
That's cool! I wish we'd had comics in my school. It was something sort of illicit that we passed around on the school bus. There were a few copies of Garfield in the school library, and the librarian used to tear her hair out because everyone just wanted to read those, and the waiting lists were huge. I don't know why she didn't just get in some more comics, instead of novels that never got borrowed.

The public library in town had some Tintin, which was a good start, but not much else by way of comics, or nothing I could find, anyway. Maurice Sendak was probably the next closest thing they had.
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