Suggested age: 7+ years/family
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day in style: join us for a day of all things comic, geeky, graphic and cool.
Gary Erskine has worked for Marvel, DC Comics, 2000AD and Image Comics with writers Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis on characters such as Judge Dredd, Captain America and Avengers, and licenses including Star Wars, Star Trek, Terminator and Doctor Who. He is also the creator of Roller Grrrls with Anna Malady.
Gary will headline the day talking about his own work and offering an insight into the opportunities that comics and art can offer in many industries, e.g. book illustrations, character design for games, film and television, theatre production and fashion.
If you’re a budding comic artist, bring along your own portfolio to get some advice from Gary. Throughout the day, there will also be the chance to see some of Gary’s own work.
Chris Mitchell is the author of The Realm Legends series. Born in Stirling, Scotland he had a love of drawing and telling stories from a very early age, creating many of the characters that would eventually appear in the Realm Legends books when he was only eight. He is passionate about helping children to discover the delights of creativity through education and tours around schools, libraries and book festivals where he encourages children to use their own imagination through reading, story-telling, illustration and drama.
Chris will run an illustration workshop during the day, working with participants to show how to develop characters on the page and bring your own ideas to life.
Take part in some comic crafts, practice your storyboarding skills, or recreate some of your favourite comic stars and scenes in Lego! Take some time to discover the new Comics Plus service from Stirling Libraries – all you can read comics and graphic novels on your phone or tablet: free with your library card.
Bring your pocket money and browse the latest in must-have merchandise – we’ll have a wide range of comics and graphic novels too. Don’t forget to show off your favourite costume…there will be prizes for the best!