The Create a Comic project, organised by Reading Council’s Community Alcohol Partnership Officer, will offer arty activities for young people, in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption. It previous ran in 2017 and is back by popular demand.
The free workshops, starting in August, will be run by Reading artist Stephanie O’Brien. It will enable young people to create their own manga style comic strip/story based around the theme of alcohol awareness.
A Facebook and Instagram group ‘Diverted U18’ will offer daily updates, drawing guidance and competitions to engage and guide young members – so those taking part can access the tutorials wherever they are during the holidays.
Stephanie will lead the weekly drop in sessions in Reading every Monday during August, where young people can go for face to face guidance with their art projects. However there is no need to attend the drop in sessions to take part. At the end of the project, those taking part will have a comic strip/book they have created themselves.
The workshops run on Monday 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th August at Reading Central Library (Level 3) from 12.30 – 1.30pm. Under 24s only but if participants are under 13, they will need parental/guardian permission.
Manga tutorials can be accessed via Facebook: @DivertedU18
More than 160 CAPs around the UK bring together retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and other stakeholders to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour. See www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk for more information.