Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Kev F - World Famous In Padiham
Possibly the most flattering display I've ever seen greeted me as I entered the classrooms of Padiham Primary School near Burnley this week. A veritable shrine to me. Don't worry, I'm not under the delusional impression that I merited it in the slightest but it's a fun thing nonetheless.
This day of Comic Art Masterclasses had been arranged and paid for by DC Thomson and The Beano, Padiham having won me as a prize in the Read For My School competition, and the pupils and teachers had thus spent the previous week swotting up on me and my comic work. As a result of which we have a wall of essays and drawings about The Beano, with copies of Match and Doctor Who Adventures to boot, in not one but two classrooms.
So I arrived already heralded as a superstar of comics and, thanks to the classes going rather well, went away being asked if we could compare diaries for my return visit, to teach all the kids who'd had to miss out. This really is the sort of thing that could go to a young man's head. Especially a young man who is clearly as gorgeous as these drawings suggest.
I shall have to prepare now to lower my expectations for the next schools I visit, and not be too surprised that nobody's ever heard of me or seen any comics I've ever done. But I'll always remember that day when I was Kev F - World Famous In Padiham.
Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here.