DIY comic panel templates in use
We worked with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books in preparation for their 2017 exhibition Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories.
Overall, the exhibition features process and final artwork by a mix of old and new comics creators, with a huge focus on supporting children to make their own comics. Our contribution was in two parts:
- designing and making the DIY comic, a ‘have a go’ for young visitors to use in the gallery and take home to continue making their own comics (see more here)
- working with the Learning and Participation team at Seven Stories to develop workshops to be delivered in-house as part of their schools and public offers, and training Seven Stories’ front of house Storycatcher staff to deliver these.
To celebrate the launch of Asteroid Belter we curated a dual-site exhibition. In Newcastle City Library we focussed on the science of how comics are made, with original artwork and process pages from our contributors and our young Science FACT-ion competition winners. At Newcastle University we took a closer look at some of the scientific objects – ancient fossils, gory samples, and shrunken polystyrene cups – that helped inspire comics in Asteroid Belter.
Newcastle Science Comic is our heading for all things science + comics: Asteroid Belter, Science FACT-ion, The Science of Comics exhibitions, and other workshops. We sometimes still do projects as Newcastle Science Comic, but we’re not only Newcastle Science Comic.
Since 2012 we’ve broadened our horizons to include other subject areas. We began with Newcastle Science Comic so it’ll always have a special place in our comics collections. Hearts. In our hearts.