We had a great time on Folkestone Harbour Arm running a workshop back in April.
At this event we launch a new micro fold-up comic that people could learn to fold together and then complete at home, but many younger attendees also created some brilliant comic strips.
You can check them out in the photos below. Continue reading
You can now see the video of project lead Jim Lockey speaking at TEDx Folkestone about the MCF project and about drawing. This was an amazing experience which lead to some brilliant feedback from you people and adults to boot. Lots of people have since shared their stories with me and some have even sent their drawings. This talk is another expression of the ideas at the core of the MCF; anyone can art!
(The featured image accompanying this post is a sketch by artist Jessica voorsanger)
It has been wonderful to have been so busy with mobile comics factory events and plans that I haven’t had much time to document things here on the blog… it’s great to be that busy, but I regret that there isn’t more here to show you. That there isn’t much evidence of all the brilliant things we’ve been doing.
But that is set to change. Over the next week or so I’ll be posting a rash of updates to show off the amazing work of young people and keep you updated about future plans.
Follow @mcomicsfactory on twitter Or @mobilecomicsfactory on Facebook keep abreast of these updates.
Also, follow our project leads instagram account if you like seeing pics. Lots of MCF updates end up there first. @jimlockeycomics
Last Saturday I had the immense privilege to speak about The Mobile Comics Factory – and about how brilliant drawing is to an attentive audience at TEDx Folkestone.
This has been an amazing experience and a tremendous vote of confidence in the project… in a couple of weeks the video should be available online through the TEDx YouTube and beamed across the world to a global audience. The potential there is barely fathomable… though of course, it might just drift into obscurity.
I haven’t talked about this experience on the blog because I haven’t really known how. It was so big I didn’t really know how to fathom it. And it’s all wrapped up not just in my goals for the project but in my personal life goals.
However once the video is finally available I will tell you more about it… I promise.
I want to thank all our supporters who have helped to make things like this possible for the project.
Nameless and Thief is the fantastic new comic / mini-zine created by Milena T, with the Mobile Comics Factory.
Use the link below to download and print it yourself… and use the video provided below for instructions for how to fold it.
Well done Milena, you should be really proud of your comic
Oh, and as a bonus, here is a short comic strip by Callum S
In dreams is an 8 feet long drawing created by a year 10 carousel group at Folkestone Academy. Each member of the group contributed to the final drawing which sees a sleeping man fly through a series of increasingly bizarre scenes and into a night of lovecraftian horror!
Also included on this page is a link to a pdf document that you can print and fold into a pocket book version of this image. The process for making the book is identical to that used on our previous publication “our harbour arm” and so you can follow the instructions on the video below to make the book. (take note that IN DREAMS is a portrait book)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF
So many amazing characters were created at our Block 67 workshop that we didn’t know what to do with them all!
Many of course went on to appear in participant created comic strips that you’ll be able to see yourself soon, but we thought we’d share all the designs with you. CLICK HERE to be taken to the facebook gallery
Another grand comic from a recent workshop… this one made by Ruby, age 8
We’ve got loads of amazing comics to share with you coming up on the blog.
This one was made at a family workshop hosted by Block 67.
One of the joys of running this project is that not only do we get to facilitate original work through our workshops but we also provide a platform for artists and makers to expose their work to new audiences. This aspect of the project is at its most exciting when an envelope arrives unexpectedly addressed to the MCF. BE KIND is the first such submission of 2017.
The beautifully produced zine was the result of a 24 zine making project from People United, and collects stories, poems, and visual responses to the notion of kindness from the Canterbury area.
People United is a Canterbury arts charity that seeks to increase kindness in the world through the arts.
BE KIND is not only a great addition to the MCF library but it is a lovely expression of the kinds of ideals that also sit at the core of the MCF.
We’re really grateful to People United for donating a copy of the zine.
To read the zine and browse a growing library of comics and publications find us at one of our public workshops (see calendar). And remember we’re always excited to receive new submissions.
Www.peopleunited.org.uk – external link