Small A6 or A5 comics are an excellent medium for entertainingly getting across messages, stories and information. They are cheap to produce, easy to pass round, quick to read and fun.
‘Behind Closed Doors’
A wonderful project where I was commissioned to devise a story with a summer school group of pupils, then take it away and draw up a mini-comic, with them acting as my editors. Answerable solely to them, the idea was for the following year’s group to continue the unfolding story as they saw fit. Unfortunately, what year two produced was unacceptable to the school. It contained images suggesting ‘Mum’ had a clandestine affair, something that was probably all to familiar to these pupils, many of them from broken homes, but something the school could live with.
‘Message in a Bottle’
Pages 5 & 6 of A6 comic warning young people about the dangers of alcohol and binge drinking.
Client: Alcohol Problems Advisory Service
Cover of mini-comic that sets out to de-stigmatise individuals who were once infamous for their alcohol and/or narcotics problems but are now striving to lead ‘clean’ lives, despite the continuing prejudices against them.
‘Two Towers’ – Click on Mordor’s eye to enlarge.
A two page spoof for New Internationalist depicting the battle between the IMF, World Bank and the Forces of Darkness (Wall Street) to preserve the status quo rather than do anything positive for the hobbits, humans and elves of the Shires (the developing world).
Client: New Internationalist
‘Tale of Two Wheelies‘
Public information comic about wheelie-bins – first two of six pages, A5
Client: Erewash Borough Council
‘If Shakespeare Were Alive Today…’ – Click on pages to enlarge.
Double page spread explaining the wonders of the comics form.
Client: Tripod arts magazine