Make ‘Your First Comic’ with Junior Dispatch

The June "Your First Comic" class brought more than a dozen artists to Red Land Community Library.

The June “Your First Comic” class brought more than a dozen artists to Red Land Community Library.

Junior Dispatch’s John Simcoe is visiting York County libraries this summer to help kids create their very own comics.

Make your first comic in classes at one of York County's libraries in July or August.

Make your first comic in classes at one of York County’s libraries in July or August.

The program, which lasts about one-and-a-half hours, focuses on the basics of creating a comic book with the help of a few handouts. The key to the whole program is a “blank” comic book which kids use to create their very own unique illustrated story.

Prior to class, youngsters are encouraged to think of a story they would like to create, as well as coming up with three characters to star in their comic book.

If you’re already an artist, bring along your sketchbook and show it off to the class.

Catch a class at the following York County libraries. Be sure to call the library to register for a spot.

  • Kreutz Creek – Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m.
  • Dover – Thursday, July 11, 2 p.m.
  • Village – Thursday, July 18, 2 p.m.
  • Collinsville – Monday, July 29, 1 p.m.
  • Kaltreider – Tuesday, July 30, 2 p.m.
  • Martin – Friday, August 2, 3 p.m.

Need a little inspiration for your comic book? Check out all the free online comics available right here on Junior Dispatch!

 

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Girl Scout Cadettes learn about comics

Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 20596 work on their comics at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in West Manchester Township.

Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 20596 work on their comics at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in West Manchester Township.

Junior Dispatch visited with Girl Scout Cadette troop No. 20596 to teach the girls about how comic books and comic strips are made.

The class included an opportunity for the girls to make their own comic, ask questions about how comics are published and see some original comic pages produced by professionals from Marvel Comics, DC Comics and syndicated newspaper comic strips.

The troop is lead by Chris Logsdon.

One of the Girl Scouts worked on a comic about cupcakes going shopping.

One of the Girl Scouts worked on a comic about cupcakes going shopping.

You can arrange to have Junior Dispatch come out and visit your class, youth group, scouting troop, daycare or other organization too. Junior Dispatch has a number of activities available: The comic book class, story time and coloring activities. All the sessions include a short talk on what its like to work in journalism.

If you’re interested, email John Simcoe at jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com.

The comic creation class focuses on creating comics of all kinds, not just superhero stories. We like those, of course, but we know some kids don't.

The comic creation class focuses on creating comics of all kinds, not just superhero stories. We like those, of course, but we know some kids don’t.

The girls of Troop 20596 work on their comics using some typical art supplies, including pencils, erasers, colored pencils, plain typing paper and rulers.

The girls of Troop 20596 work on their comics using some typical art supplies, including pencils, erasers, colored pencils, plain typing paper and rulers.

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Pete and Tweet on a Milky Way Mission

The Junior Dispatch loves comics. jd-timeforcomics-230So much so that we’ve been digging through the huge collection of free comics available at The Digital Comic Museum to find some of the best ones that we think kids will enjoy.

Today, we add another great piece into our own archive!

This time we take a look at a comic available in issue No. 12 of “Red Rabbit” from 1949. The series is largely credited to Harvey Eisenberg, an artist who later went on to work on Tom & Jerry comics. In fact, looking at this particular comic, you can see how much Pete the Cat looks like Tom. Likewise, Tweet the Canary plays a role similar to Jerry.

Aside from the complete issue you can read at the Digital Comics Museum, you can also read more about Eisenberg and an actual Red Rabbit adventure here at Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine.

For more of Eisenberg’s work with Hanna-Barbera characters, check out this entry at The Big Blog of Kids’ Comics.

By the way, the ‘Milky Way Mission’ isn’t the official title of the story, we just wanted to give you a hint it was about.

Pete and Tweet Part 1 of 6

Pete and Tweet Part 1 of 6

Read the rest of the story below. Remember, you have to click the image, and then click it again to get it to “reading size.”

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Teen hijinks with ‘Suzie’

The Junior Dispatch loves comics. jd-timeforcomics-230So much so that we’ve been digging through the huge collection of free comics available at The Digital Comic Museum to find some of the best ones that we think kids will enjoy.

Today, we add another great piece into our own archive!

This time Junior Dispatch is featuring a story from “Suzie” no. 99 from 1954 and published by MLJ, a company best known for its Archie Comics series. The story is drawn by Samm Schwartz, who is best known for working on Jughead Jones comics. So who is Suzie? She’s a teenage girl who’s always coming up with crazy adventures, and this time is no different when she decides to take in a boxer and help train him. Her story starts below.

You can read more Suzie stories here at the Digital Comic Museum.

Suzie in "Ring Master" Part 1 of 5

Suzie in “Ring Master” Part 1 of 5

(Remember, you have to click each of the small images and then click them again to bring them up to their “reading size.”)

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A cartoon tale from Ireland

The Junior Dispatch  loves comics. So much so that we’ve been digging through the huge collection of free comics available at The Digital Comic Museum to find some of the best ones that we think kids will enjoy.

Today, we add another great piece into our own archive!

Below you can read “The Flute o’ McTootle” a neat little fairy tale from Ireland. It was originally presented in “Fairy Tale Parade” No. 1, a comic published by Dell Publishing Co. in 1942. The story was adapted and illustrated by Walt Kelly, a man who is considered one of the all-time great comic artists. He later went on to create and illustrate the world-famous “Pogo” newspaper comic. You can see several other issues of “Fairy Tale Parade” at The Digital Comic Museum. Most of the issues were illustrated by Kelly … and there are some really good stories in there!

For the rest of the story, click the images below.

 

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The story of Percival

Here at Junior Dispatch, we love comics. So much so that we’ve been digging through the huge collection of free comics available at The Digital Comic Museum to find some of the best ones that we think kids will enjoy.
For our next foray into the the funny pages, we’ll learn about the origin of Percival, a knight of King Arthur’s round table. It was first published in 1947 as part of “Jack-in-the-Box” No. 14 by Charlton Comics. You can see more of the comic book here.

The Story of Percival the Pure (Part 1 of 6)

TO READ MORE, JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW, THEN CLICK AGAIN TO ENLARGE THEM!

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Two crazy kids from the comics

Here at Junior Dispatch, we love comics. So much so that we’ve been digging through the huge collection of free comics available at The Digital Comic Museum to find some of the best ones that we think kids will enjoy.
For our first foray into the the funny pages, we’ll learn about the comic duo of Rock & Rollo. This comic was first published in 1957 by Charlton Comics. You can see more of their comic book here.

TO READ MORE, JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW!

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Junior Dispatch welcomes ‘Big Nate’

Junior Dispatch is pleased to announce a new addition to our stable of online comics — Big Nate.

The comic is written and drawn by Lincoln Pierce and stars Nate Wright, a sixth grader who is always getting in trouble. Learn more about the strip here.

You can now enjoy Nate’s adventures every day at JuniorDispatch.com’s comic page (and in the print addition of The York Dispatch, too!).

Aside from Big Nate, we have a few other comics for you to enjoy:

  • Belvedere – The crazy comic about a dog who does his own thing. (New comics posted Monday through Saturday on JD’s Comics Page)
  • Tundra – A look at wildlife (and a few snowmen too) that can act a little too human. (New comics posted Monday through Saturday on JD’s Comics page)
  • Phil Hardy – This special 100-episode comic is about an adventure at sea. See it here.
  • Learn to Cartoon – A multi-part course on learning how to cartoon. See it here!
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Attend a comic class and you can win a prize

This summer, John Simcoe, the Junior Dispatch’s editor, is visiting libraries around York County to offer classes on “Your First Comic.” As an incentive to get kids interested in the class, Junior Dispatch is also offering door prizes at each of the classes and after the final class, all the participants will be entered to win even more.

The prizes are all supplied by Dawn Griffin, a Pennsylvania comic artist who currently publishes “Zorphbert & Fred,” a comic about two aliens disguised as dogs and looking for a home hear on Earth.

The grand prize winner will receive “Zorphbert & Fred Vol. 1: Prepare to be Analyzed” and “Zorphbert & Fred Vol. 2: Marriage Runs on Coffee.” Each book is more than 140 pages long, features hundreds of comics and have a hand-drawn sketch inside by Griffin.

You can attend the workshop at these libraries:

  •   1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Dover Area Community Library, Dover; grades 5-8; 292-6814.
  •  2 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Red Lion; ages 10+; 244-2032.
  •  1:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Collinsville Community Library, Brogue; ages 10+; 927-9014.
  •  1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Glatfelter Memorial Library, Spring Grove; ages 10+; 225-3220.

During the comics workshop, attendees will learn to create and assemble a comic book or comic strip. The session consists of a mix of writing, craft-making and drawing.

“Art skills aren’t necessary, but they will help!” said Simcoe. “Once you’re done, you can submit your comic to JuniorDispatch.com for online publication.”

But who is Dawn Griffin? What is this “Zorphbert & Fred” comic all about? Check Junior Dispatch on July 5 for more about her and her recommendations to young artists.

 

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