ComicScene is a magazine distributed across the globe in newsagents in the UK, Ireland, America, Canada and Australia. ComicScene has launched a FREE Comic Creator Directory for schools, libraries and universities on their website. The Directory has nearly fifty creators and is growing daily. The Directory can be seen here
Education establishments, community groups and comic fans can contact creators to do talks or workshops on writing or drawing comics in person or online and also request commissions of their favourite comic characters. This helps support creators who have to take on additional work to maintain their comic material.
Tony Foster, Publisher at ComicScene, explains “We started a magazine because we wanted to help promote comics and creators to a wider audience and some libraries do stock the magazine. It’s tough for everyone during the current Covid-19 situation but writers and artists generally have to supplement their income with workshops and commissions. We wanted to help in a more direct way. This Directory has been produced and is free for creators to list their names and free for organisations to use. It will hopefully make booking a creator in your area more accessible. We have done a lot of work on it and are promoting it as much as we can, particularly for when restrictions ease in communities, libraries and schools.”
When a new creator is added or a workshop is taking place ComicScene will let people know via their new email newsletter, ComicScene Plus, which launches next week. They will also let people know about creators new comics or kickstarters via the newsletter too, as well as sharing the latest comic news. Sign up here.
To support the work ComicScene do they are asking comic fans, creators and organisations to support their work. Tony explains, “We have just launched the option to subscribe monthly for only £10 to our Comic Club – you will get a membership card, offers (some of the creators will give money off commissions or workshops if you have a card) and a monthly copy of the new ComicScene History of Comics partwork which launches in November. There are other options to get a new comic called Shift as part of your membership too. Details here “
“We’ve also got a new Kids Comic Book Club option which would make a great Christmas present here or help out by supporting our first original comic – the ComicScene Annual 2021 on kickstarter here . All the creators involved directly benefit and if successful we aim to do more.”
“Supporting any of those these projects, from the Annual to a £10 monthly subscription, helps us maintain and promote the Comic Creator Directory and support this outreach work.”
More information can be found at www.comicscene.org