Monday, 21 March 2016

22 Pages - Scenes From Scottish History : Comic Exhibition

22 Pages is an exhibition we've been involved in creating over the last few months, featuring scenes from Scottish history, presented as comics and graphic novels. It features some excellent and exclusive new artwork from Magic Torch Comics artists Andy Lee and Mhairi Robertson.

We tried to imagine uncovering a box of classic old comics, each one telling a different story from a key moment in Scotland's history, in a different comic style - a natural progression from the comics and heritage work we have been involved in over the last few years.

The exhibition will be in Paisley Museum from Saturday 2 April - Friday 20 May and it is FREE to attend. We'll share a few more teaser images with you over the next week, but you will need to visit the museum to see the full size artwork...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Comics In Schools - Camanachd Ghrianaig

For the last few weeks, Magic Torch Comics have been having a blast working with Whinhill Primary School in Greenock, creating a comic using Gaelic language - no mean feat considering no one from Magic Torch can speak Gaelic. Thankfully however, Gaidhlig Primary 4 - 7 are really good at it, and were able to help us out.

The comic is the first of 3 we will be creating with the support of Inverclyde Council Education Services 1+2 Language Development programme.

The 4 week project has involved the class learning about the language of comics and then researching a Gaelic song with particular relevance to the Greenock Highlanders, Camanachd Ghrianaig by Mairi Mhor Nan Oran - it tells the story of a Shinty match played in Greenock in 1877 between the Greenock and Glasgow Gaels. The class then helped adapt verses from the song into a comic strip for our artist Andy Lee.

The next step was for each member of the class to create their own characters, and tell a story about them getting to the shinty match too. Here are just a few images of some of the wonderful comics created below. We look forward to sharing the finished comic with you soon...

artwork by Rowan Watterott
Artwork by Ceitidh Cameron
Artwork by Stacie Lewis