I often teach short cartooning workshops for primary school kids at the World of Work events organised by Higher Futures 4U and they always seem to go down well with the children and teachers alike. So Ana at HF4U had the idea of running a Comic Competition with schools in the North West and asked me if I’d like to be involved. I agreed of course and drew up a 4 page tips sheet on how to draw comics featuring the HF4U mascot, Sam, to be sent out to schools. I was shocked when Ana told me they’d received over 500 entries in return! Ana and her team whittled them down to a top 25 and Ana and I picked 15 winners and runners up, all of which you can see here. The prize for 1st place was a set of art supplies, a print making set for the school and the winning entry re-drawn by me. Out of 500+ entries the most entertaining, funny, well written and imaginatively drawn entry was ‘The Dream Catcher and the Tomatoes’ by Anvay Sudame, age 11!
Here’s Anvay’s winning entry followed by my version of it.
I had a great time interpreting Anvay’s comic, I kept as close as possible to his original layout and colour choices. I love Anvay’s character designs for the aliens and the Police chief (check out all the pouches!) and the little details like the Alien Leader having four voices. The tomato gun was great fun to draw too. It’s really a good comic I think, his writing goes further than the ‘Sam gets back to Earth okay’ point, which a lot of other entries ended on, and his art is very consistent and detailed. He also knows how to use a good special effect too!
Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the assembly on Anvay’s last day of school at Abbott Community Primary School in Manchester. There Ana and I presented him with his grand prize of his framed original comic, a framed print of my version, my original artwork and a copy of Paper Science 4 and 5. Anvay was quiet but clearly pleased and his Mum, who was there with all the other parents of the leaving students, was super proud and took photos of us both. Ana took the photo on the left, which I grabbed from a write up on the HF4U blog written by the star of the comic, Sam himself.
Congratulations again to Anvay and all the other winners and runners up, and thank you to Ana and Higher Futures 4U for asking me to take part in this. And if you’re a comic artist reading this, I invite you to blow Anvay’s mind and draw some fan art for him.