Last Saturday I had the immense privilege to speak about The Mobile Comics Factory – and about how brilliant drawing is to an attentive audience at TEDx Folkestone.
This has been an amazing experience and a tremendous vote of confidence in the project… in a couple of weeks the video should be available online through the TEDx YouTube and beamed across the world to a global audience. The potential there is barely fathomable… though of course, it might just drift into obscurity.
I haven’t talked about this experience on the blog because I haven’t really known how. It was so big I didn’t really know how to fathom it. And it’s all wrapped up not just in my goals for the project but in my personal life goals.
However once the video is finally available I will tell you more about it… I promise.
I want to thank all our supporters who have helped to make things like this possible for the project.
A few weeks back I guested on The Big Ideas Show with Liu Batchelor on Academy FM.
I talked about the project and together we discussed the role of experimentation in creative endeavor.
You can listen back below. The general message was no new things can happen if you don’t leave your comfort zone, and let others inspire you – but don’t let comparing yourself to others stop you from doing your thing… but less wishy washy than that!
There is also an embarrassing reference to 80s new wave for you to enjoy – really down with the kids!
Nameless and Thief is the fantastic new comic / mini-zine created by Milena T, with the Mobile Comics Factory.
Use the link below to download and print it yourself… and use the video provided below for instructions for how to fold it.
Well done Milena, you should be really proud of your comic
Oh, and as a bonus, here is a short comic strip by Callum S
In dreams is an 8 feet long drawing created by a year 10 carousel group at Folkestone Academy. Each member of the group contributed to the final drawing which sees a sleeping man fly through a series of increasingly bizarre scenes and into a night of lovecraftian horror!
Also included on this page is a link to a pdf document that you can print and fold into a pocket book version of this image. The process for making the book is identical to that used on our previous publication “our harbour arm” and so you can follow the instructions on the video below to make the book. (take note that IN DREAMS is a portrait book)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF
So many amazing characters were created at our Block 67 workshop that we didn’t know what to do with them all!
Many of course went on to appear in participant created comic strips that you’ll be able to see yourself soon, but we thought we’d share all the designs with you. CLICK HERE to be taken to the facebook gallery
Another grand comic from a recent workshop… this one made by Ruby, age 8
We’ve got loads of amazing comics to share with you coming up on the blog.
This one was made at a family workshop hosted by Block 67.
Excitement is at a high level here at Mobile Comic Towers (yes its real) because we’ve been able to secure a host for the Margate leg of the World Tour Of Round Here.
On Tuesday August 15 2017, we’ll be running a free drop-in workshop at Turner Contemporary! We’re so happy to be coming to Margate because it is a town filled to the brim with brilliant arts organisations and people passionate about positive change. I’m really excited to work with visitors to Turner contemporary to create a Zine for Margate about Margate.
I particularly want to thank Molly and the whole team at TC for the opportunity. This tour is shaping up to be something that could really point the way forward to bigger and bolder things for the MCF.
Don’t forget, if you want to know more about the tour and how you can get involved, drop us a line on facebook or get in touch via the contact link.
August 12 – 18 2017
The Mobile Comics Factory is pleased to announce our upcoming summer project –
THE WORLD TOUR OF ROUND HERE
This summer the Mobile Comics Factory will be travelling to fantastic public art sites around East Kent, meeting with local people and tourists to create a series of zines and comics about each location. That is free workshops from the MCF all across East Kent this summer!
We’ll be travelling under peddle power with a miniature version of the MCF mobile unit built on an iconic Raleigh Chopper.
There is lots of preparation to do from creating the bike, to raising the funds needed to make the tour happen. So be sure to follow us on facebook and look in on the blog to keep up to date with what is happening and how you can get involved. I’ve created a new page on the website (WTORH) to be a hub for all this news too.
I would especially like to thank our partner organisations on each stop of the tour, without whom none of this would be happening.
Folkestone – Saturday August 12 – Block 67
Dover – Sunday August 13 – Charlton Greens (Dover partner Dover Arts Development)
Margate – Tuesday August 15 – Location TBC
Whitstable – Wednesday August 16 – Horsebridge Centre
Canterbury – Thursday August 17 – Sidney Cooper Gallery
Folkestone – closing event, Friday august 18 – TBA
(all images on this post are courtesy St. Eanswyth’s Primary)
St. Eanswyth’s is the third host school for the Mobile Comics Factory’s primary school workshops – providing lunch time workshops and an afternoon session with a small group of Key Stage 2 pupils.
The reaction to the lunch time workshops was crazy. We had upwards of 15 children engaging with the project – reading comics, drawing, learning to make zines – at any one moment.
This dynamic atmosphere was electric and it was great to see so many kids getting creative. I cannot wait to see what they produce over the coming weeks.
Following the lunch time session we had our first small group session. We started with some our favourite story telling games before the group made their very first zines in the form of a doodle book that they got to take home.