Comic book competition – here are the finalists!

Dan KempBlog, Comics

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Thank you to everyone who entered our comic competition. We’ve narrowed it down to the final 10 – here they are.

We’ve had great fun shortlisting the entries to our comic competition. We were amazed by the imagination and creativity on show, from students as young as 6 years old. We had entries from all over the world, and the standard was high!

It was really, really tough to decide on a final 10. We considered the plot and idea of the comic; design; layout; use of language; and use of multimedia, to narrow it down to just 10. Well done to these young authors!

This final 10 will be passed on to comic book legend Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He’s agreed to judge the finalists and will choose a winner and two runners-up – who will receive some amazing prizes.

So, in alphabetical order, here are the 10 fantastic finalists. And if you want to read each one – we’ve created a video playlist on YouTube.

Cat Man sample page

Cat Man front coverCat Man

by Kieran, age 11

Submitted by Daphne Amster of Edgewater Elementary, Quebec, Canada.

Cat Man is an absolutely hilarious story of how a cat from Felineopolis accidentally gets superpowers from eating the ‘Golden Sardine’.

Armed with these amazing new powers, he’s able to have a final showdown with the evil Yellow Mechanical Cyclops Alligator…

 Read Cat Man

Escape to Xeratron

Escape from XeratronEscape to Xeratron

by Abigail, age 11

Submitted by Angela of Kirk Christian Academy, North Carolina, USA.

When a mysterious spaceship accidentally crash-lands on the wrong planet – how will the crew escape? This is a bright, colourful comic book with some fantastic illustrations using the pen tool in Book Creator.

Read Escape to Xeratron

Girls dont play basketball

Girls dont play basketballGirls Don’t Play Basketball

by Leah, age 11

Submitted by Jan Dance of St. Mary’s Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Olivia McWestern loves basketball. She trains day and night. So when she’s told she can’t try out for the school basketball team – because she’s a girl(!), she pleads with the coach to set up a boys vs. girls match. Who will win?!

Read Girls Don’t Play Basketball

Manit's Castle

Manit's CastleManit’s Castle

by Irene, age 7

Submitted by Karin Sanders of Carolyn Clark Elementary, California, USA.

This is an adorable story about a cat called Manit. This cat has manners, which is a good thing, as she’ll need to enlist the help of special friends to help solve her problem! This comic features lovely illustrations and some neat app-smashing too.

Read Manit’s Castle

Nanoo Pea Pie and The Coupots

Nanoo Pea Pie and the CoupotsNanoo Pea Pie and The Coupots

by Nandini, age 8

Submitted by Josephine Kulandairaj of DPS International, Gurgaon, India.

Such imagination in this story! Nanoo is a little girl who lives in Lalaland. She has magical fairy triplets and loves adventure. She also loves peas and pie (hence the name!).

But who or what are the Coupots? Well, you’ll have to read the comic to find out…

Read Nanoo Pea Pie and The Coupots

Please Play Debis

Please Play DebisPlease Play Debis

by Debis, age 12

Submitted by Mira Campbell of FH Miller Jr PS, Toronto, Canada.

Mom and Dad leave Debis and his younger brother Isaac at home. Debis won’t play soccer with Isaac – so Isaac does everything in his power to get his brother off the sofa and out to the park. Mayhem ensues!

This book features some great multimedia – videos made with a green screen and the DoInk app, edited in iMovie and brought into Book Creator. Fantastic work!

Read Please Play Debis

Rescue Pup

Rescue PupRescue Pup

by Emma Burnham, age 13

Submitted by Karl Schaefer of Durham Academy Middle School, North Carolina, USA.

The artwork in Rescue Pup is phenomenal. Emma used the technique of posing her sister and her dog, taking photos on her iPad and then tracing them using the Sketchbook Express app.

This is part one in a two-part series in which a girl’s faithful dog comes to the aid of his owner. But will he get there in time?

Read Rescue Pup Part 1

The Adventure Girl Who Lost Her Leopard

The Adventure Girl Who Lost Her LeopardThe Adventure Girl Who Lost Her Leopard

by Carmen, age 6

Submitted by Karin Sanders of Carolyn Clark Elementary, California, USA.

Carmen is our youngest entrant to be shortlisted, and also the second of Karin Sanders’ students to make the final 10 – congratulations to her!

The Adventure Girl is named Rose, and she lives a very happy life with her safari hat and her safari cat, but one day disaster strikes and she loses her leopard! Luckily she has a magnifying glass to help her solve the puzzle of her lost friend.

Read the Adventure Girl Who Lost Her Leopard

The Magical Mustache

The Magical MustacheThe Magical Mustache

by Mrs. Goodwin’s Second Grade Classroom, age 7-8

Submitted by Anita Goodwin of South Adams School, Indiana, USA.

When a Magical Mustache escapes from a small box, it begins to wreak havoc among students. They can’t say they weren’t warned – the note in the box says “Beware of the Mustache – it will get you”. But the real moral of this story is ‘be careful what you wish for…’

Read The Magical Mustache

The Polluter

The PolluterThe Polluter

by Luke, Tyler & Jalon, all age 12

Submitted by Karen Bosch of Southfield Christian School, Michigan, USA.

This comic is actually issue 1 of the adventures of the Bulky Band of Bellowing Brown Bears (although the authors do admit they don’t know if the next issue will ever come out). Let’s hope it does! This comic contains some amazing voice artistry, and possibly the funniest Irish accent you’ve ever heard.

Read The Polluter


So, good luck to all the finalists.

We’ll announce the winners soon – stay tuned!

Dan Kemp is Red Jumper’s Community Manager. He spends his time spreading the word about Book Creator and supporting people who use it.

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