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Secondary competition: Complete the comic strip

Dorko image copyright (c) The Etherington Brothers 2011

The Etherington Brothers have created the first frame of an exciting Dorko adventure. Pupils enter the competition by completing the comic strip using the template provided. The template is a single page and entries can only have a maximum of nine frames, so keeping the story short but interesting is the REAL challenge.

Download full page version of the first frame  

Download entry template

What are we looking for?

 A high quality entry will:

  • be imaginative. The first frame is written in a way that invites creativity, but if your pupils are looking for some pointers, perhaps ask them to think about what Dorko’s “unconventional talents” might be, and how he might use these talents in the story. Remember also that although there is a limit of nine frames for the comic strip, there are no restrictions on how these frames are presented, so encourage your pupils to think creatively about the size and shape of the frames.
  • be entertaining, from start to finish – creating an interesting conclusion is brilliant, but your pupils mustn’t forget the journey from the first panel to this point.
  • show a good use of language that engages the reader.

The most important thing the judges will be looking for is a good story – the artwork doesn’t have to be expert, but it needs to depict the story clearly.  

Where does this competition fit in at school?

This could make a great classroom activity in an English or Art lesson, a fun project for a lunchtime or after-school club, or a library-based activity.

Members of our Schools Network can access a recommended reads booklist for comics and graphic novels. Download resource. 

They might also like to take some of the ideas from our toolkit for developing characters, which is written for the primary "Create a sidekick" competition but contains lots of ideas that can be used with a secondary class too. Download resource.

How many pupils can enter from each school?

Schools can submit as many entries as they like, and entries can either be from individuals or from pairs.

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