Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Once again, we've a series of events lined up for the coming few weeks. Today, we're flying to Bristol, as we'll be delivering a talk about our work, tomorrow (April 28th), followed by a series of comic workshops at Bishop Fox's school in Taunton for their annual Conference Day which this year will focus on graphic novels. Then May will see us participating in WORD 10 literary festival in Aberdeen, as part of the Children and Schools festival, with three worshops, on May the 12th and 15th respectively, with some author visits in schools in between at Northfield Academy and Dyce Academy. Then off to Cumbria on June 16th to deliver a comic workshop at Caldew School in Dalston.
To view our full calendar of events, please follow this link: www.metaphrog.com/events.html

Friday, 23 April 2010

Work in Progress

As well as our finishing working on Louis- Night Salad, Sandra has been working on a series of illustrations for some educational books. Some of these will make their way to our online portfolio soon!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

CPD on Graphic Novel Adaptations

In early March 2010, we did a CPD illustrated talk for teachers on graphic novel adaptations as part of the Scottish Book Trust OTIR (Online Teacher in Residence).
Teachers gathered in a class room at Inveralmond Community High School, and we talked briefly about our history as metaphrog, then explained what graphic novels are, before taking a closer look at The First Men on Mercury comic adaptation of Edwin Morgan's poem we made last year. Next, we examined how several graphic novels were adapted from literature. Firstly we looked at three very different interpretations of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, Klimowski and Schejbal, and Mattotti and Kramsky respectively. Then we explored how comic and visual storytelling techniques have been deployed, by P. Craig Russell, to bring out the themes and enhance the reading of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, before moving on to Peter Kuper's version of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and finally David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik's adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass.

Feedback from the teachers on the CPD was excellent, and some even said this was the best CPD they'd attended! For our part, we were really excited about (re)reading and researching these books and putting together the presentation. Michael Stephenson, English teacher at Inveralmond, talks about the session and his own experiences working in the classroom with graphic novel adaptations on the OTIR blog here: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/blog/teacher-in-residence/2010/03/michael-stephenson-graphic-novel-ideas

We now have created three bite-sized online presentations for everyone to view, extracted from this workshop. They have been hosted on the Scottish Book Trust website here: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/otir/metaphrog-voicethread (with an explanation of how to use voicethread), and you can also view them here, below. Do feel free to add your own comments to these voicethreads (you can do this - very quiclky - by registering for free on voicethread and either write or record your comment).