"I think when you make comics it's quite a solitary activity so the fact that the students are able to exhibit in a studio space like this and get feedback from a range of people is fantastic."
Jim Medway, Cartoonist and Illustrator
A new exhibition by student cartoonists proves that there is more to the art form than comedy capers or comic book superheroes.
Historical tales, a handmade mascot costume and the many faces of Donald Trump all feature in the free art show being held at Staffordshire University's Uni Q from 19 - 23 February.
The event has been organised by final year students on the BA (Hons) Cartoon and Comic to showcase their work to the public and gain feedback from comic artists working in the industry.
Daisy-May Grogan was inspired by her five-year-old sister to create colourful children's book The Fox Prince which follows the adventures of the title character.
She said: “I'm really passionate about children’s education and I think that reading is a great way to teach kids. I want to teach moral lessons as well as practical life lessons through books.”
“Showing my work and getting feedback from professionals is going to help massively. The advice that we get from people in the industry and the connections that we make now will only help later on.”
Course mate Carrie Page also drew inspiration from a family member for her artwork which captures the story of her grandfather Wilfred who fought in WW2.
“The plane that my grandad was in was shot down over Germany and he had to stay in the Black Forest for three days and nights, so this follows his story.” Carrie explained.
“Each year I find my style changes, I've gone from doing children's books to a war comic. I think it is great that everybody is able to display their work like this. We are in our third year now and it shows how we've all developed over the course.”
Published cartoonist and children's illustrator Jim Medway (pictured with students) and Kevin Gunstone who has worked as an artist for DC comics both visited to offer the students some tips and advice.
“There's a lovely mix of work on display and every student has got a really unique style. It shows how just broad comics are.” Jim commented.
“The course at Staffs is very good at reaching out and getting involved in comic events and inviting different artists and cartoonists in. I think when you make comics it's quite a solitary activity so the fact that the students are able to exhibit in a studio space like this and get feedback from a range of people is fantastic.”
The free Cartoon and Comic Arts exhibition runs from 19 - 23 February at Uni Q, Flaxman Building, College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE.
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