Comics have had a huge come back, with TV series and films and now increased use within the school system to get reluctant young readers hooked on books.
We have really enjoyed this trend and the kids are thrilled to be able in minutes to doctor photos using iPhone/iPad apps like the awesome HalfTone, loved by over 2 million people (the photos above and below were done by them last September). And full disclosure: we are not getting anything for promoting them, it’s just the best toy we have given them for a dollar!
Halftone is award-winning in Canada, US and UK and not just because it can instantly turn your photos into unique, vintage comics with captions, speech balloons, graphic stamps, and fonts (including built-in comic fonts).The coolest part for parents is that the resulting image can be super-easily sent via e-mail, uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, and Flickr, shared with apps like Instagram, Camera+, and Color Splash, printed, and even sent as a real, physical postcard through the mail!
If you live in Vancouver and you are interested in getting some FREE expert guidance, it’s time for comic fun this weekend by ArtStarts! An award-winning artist and illustrator specializing in comic books and film-making, Julian Lawrence is doing two workshops tomorrow June 29th, 2013 at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map) and you can choose between two 45 min sessions at 11am and repeated at 1pm. If you live in NewWestminster, the same sessions are given on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11am and 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map). Kids over 5 and their families are welcome – no need to register, but sessions fill quickly!
In the workshop kids create an original 8–page mini-comic describing themselves, their family and their culture. This will give all those mischievous masterminds a world to explore and learn! For more information, visit http://artstarts.com/free-weekend-workshops
If you do attend the workshops or use the Halftone app, please share your experience with us. We would love to hear how your comic art is coming along!
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