Club Shepway recently started a Lego Club, this is a scheme, a project, an initiative… a brilliant thing, by which youth groups, workshops and other community groups can borrow a library of Lego bricks for creative projects.

The Mobile Comics Factory was asked to create a zine to be included along with this library that introduced the concept and creative potential of Lego. We approached this task in our signature deconstructionist style and were privileged to be involved with another project doing such good for young people in our area.


24 comic! 2017

On the First Saturday of October each year there is an event called 24hour comics day. It is a challenge for artists, industry professionals and enthusiastic amateurs to create a 24 page comic in 24 hours. Its a big deal in America, not so much here in the UK especially outside of major cities. But I heard about the challenge and thought that it’d be a great opportunity for the comics factory. So, setting myself up at the B&B project space on Tontine Street I took the challenge… but also ran a workshop during the day so that visitors could take part in mini-challenges. People could come and chat to me and watch progress.

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Turn Festival & GIRLS zine

On Saturday we got to chill with the young folk of the BE THE CHANGE group (A group of young activists from around Kent) and run the art area at the TURN Festival.


Situated within a small wooded area we ran a number of arty activities and created a community gallery from participants creations. Prior to the festival I got to meet some of the group and help plan the event. It was great to be a part of something primarily lead by the ideas and passion of young people. In particular I worked with Folkestoner Miranda Beinart Smith to make a mini-zine from her artwork. Miranda has painstakenly drawn a picture of a child from every country in the world and written a short bio for each one. It is an amazing project that took lots of time and research. By taking a selection of her drawings and creating a zine we were able to share her powerful work with the public.

The zine will soon be available for download. Check this page for details.


WTORH feedback

We just received this lovely email…

Hi Jim….me and my daughter Ellie (17) met you at the Turner Contemporary Margate in August ….& have just had a look at your WTORH comic on your website. It’s terrific… and we were absolutely delighted to see that you used two of Ellie’s mini sketches for your Margate zine.

Just wanted to say thank you… It made me & Ellie very happy… and to wish you good luck with the MCF and all you do for the youth.

Best wishes


Messages like this make me so excited, excited to see that what we’re doing has some meaning beyond the moment. Ellie’s drawings are fantastic by th eway and you can find them in the World Tour Of Round Here publication.

Collected Resource Archive #1

We regularly update our materials on the MCF to keep things fresh and to reflect our own growth and learning. Near the start of the project I began using a couple of characters in comic strips to illustrate some of the breadth, and rules of comics – using the form of comics to discuss the fabric and syntax of comics themselves. The earliest versions of these comics were scratchy, odd and in places seem very peculiar when removed from the context of the workshops and publications they were printed in… but it seems wrong for them to be lost entirely. So, here’s a PDF of some of those early comic strips… it is interesting to see how far the resources have improved over the past year.