To celebrate World Book Day 2016 Oldham Sixth Form College held their very own mini Comic Con convention. A day of stalls, talks and interactive activities highlighted the alternative routes into reading through Graphic Novels and Manga.
Students and staff were asked to participate by spending the day dressed as their favourite literary or Cosplay character. Former OSFC students who write, create and illustrate comics and web comics were also invited along with podcasters and cosplay designers who regularly take part in National events.
For the first part of the session, students were able to meet and talk to the artists and take part in the activities which included a Manga drawing competition, Batman photo booth and The Wheel of Awesome. Manchester based Fanboy 3 introduced students to narrative based game play and cakes were sold to raise money for the National Literacy trust which totalled £64.20.
Sarah Turner creator and illustrator of Graphic Novel Folklore then gave a presentation of how she had developed her skills and gave students an insight into becoming a writer. A Q&A panel comprising of Kayleigh Williamson co-creator and artist behind web-comic Lizzie and Eve, Sam and Gareth Eastwood who create a weekly podcast, Mewa Chu author and Manga artist discussed writing and creating comics. Sophie Wright and Alice Fedulow, KyoKyo and Dewnor Cosplay designers, discussed creating their character designs and brought along examples they make and show at Comic Con events in the U.K.
The panel then awarded 2 ticket to the MCN Manchester Comic Con event for the best Cosplay outfit and Amazon vouchers for the best literary character and Manga Art work.
Corinne Walker, Learning Resources Manager, was delighted at the response from staff and students and thanked everyone involved with the day saying “it’s been an especially pleasant experience to see some of our former students return to showcase their work. All the speakers and stall holders have helped our students explore this diverse genre and I hope many will leave inspired to pick up their pens and draw their own stories.”
Corinne and her team of learning resource staff lead on a calendar of events and activities that add-on to timetabled studies, engaging students outside of the classroom. Deborah Ward, Learning Resources Assistant and Literacy Resources Co-ordinator, who originally came up with the “alternative” Comic Con theme for this years’ World Book Day said she was “thrilled at the response” and was “amazed at the effort some students have gone to with their costumes”, adding that “we have even managed to see most of the Star Wars cast.”
Corinne and the team are committed to providing students with further ways to develop independent learning skills which she says “support students to develop an important routine and style of learning that is vital for university and higher education.”
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