You can read our comics for free and find out how we can help you tell your story on our dedicated comic website Magic Torch Comics.
Magic Torch firmly believe that comics have a vital role to play in developing literacy, encouraging creativity and inspiring reading confidence, particularly with more reluctant readers. But don't just take our word for it...there are much more sensible and successful folk who think the same thing.
Over the last few years we have developed a model for creating comics with schools, with pupils designing their own individual characters, stories and comics, while also contributing to a story written by the whole class and illustrated by artists Andy Lee and Mhairi Robertson.
|Rainbow Girl by St Columba's Third Year, Gourock / Gies Peace / Magic Torch|
|Coldheart by St Ninians Primary 7 / Gies Peace / Magic Torch|
If you are interested in further information about how we could work with your class or project, you can get more information from our dedicated website Magic Torch Comics.
|Just a quick glance at few of the comics produced by St Ninians P7|
We are also, unashamedly, comic fans ourselves, and have used the medium to tell a number of our stories. In 2012, we worked with the Identity project to create the character of the Archivist for the graphic novel The Archivists Treasure, and also contributed a few folktales to the collection.
In 2013, we released our first collection Tales of the Oak, which featured the debut of our character Sir Glen Douglas Rhodes, Victorian Adventurer.
2014 saw us release a reprint of a classic Thriller Picture Library featuring Captain Kidd (which you can buy here!) and produce a Tales of the Oak Christmas Special and Mr Cube Strikes comic inspired by the Absent Voices project...
We also produced a comic style exhibition based on the gothic poem The Battle of Largs by John Galt.
In 2015, we have released the second Tales of the Oak collection, Uncommon Tales, which sees Sir Glen travelling around the world exploring darker folktales. In 2015 we also released Achi Baba, a graphic novel set during the first world war - the book received an award for innovation from CAHG in 2016.
2016 saw the release of The Skeleton Key an all ages comic about witches during the Second World War. And in 2017 we have two new publications, The Stowaways and I Thought I Was Undone - a comic about the life and legend of Captain Kidd.
For some folks (admittedly less and less folks all the time), comics are still viewed as something exclusively for children...unlike y'know...Harry Potter, the Hobbit, Hunger Games and all that Young Adult fiction that its okay for grown ups to read. But if you are interested in exploring a whole new world of reading, why not try this list of Comics and Graphic Novels to get you started, by no less an authority than The Scottish Book Trust.