I thought we were doing well at my school with our fabulous library stocked full of graphic novels, but Water Mills Primary School in Birmingham has really raised the bar… they’ve just organised and enjoyed their very first comic con!
Friday night was Teenage Ninja Mutant Ninja Turtles movie night at the school, followed by comic convention day on Saturday, complete with arts, crafts, competitions, model making and even a couple of special guests; Laura Howell (The Beano, Bizarre Adventures OF Gilbert & Sullivan) and Zoom Rockman (teen comic maker extraordinaire behind The Zoom).
A couple of photos below, but do pop over and say hello at the school blog or say hello to organiser Damian Johnson on Twitter. The encouragement is great, and does make a difference at schools, especially useful when pointing out to reluctant heads, teachers and parents that these comic things are magnificent ways to encourage children to engage with reading and writing and drawing!
Damian has his own review of the convention at the school blog, well worth an inspiring read – but I thought I’d pull his last words, a perfect summation…
“My big hope is that some of the children who went to the con are inspired to pick up a book (of any kind!) and read it. If they start writing and drawing their own material then that would be truly amazing.”
(Left – Laura Howell hard at work. Right – Zoom Rockman in mid presentation)
(Left – he’s Batman and he’s loving it. Right – just one of a series of models in the gallery, a spectacular Optimus Prime)