The Super Six

Hard on the heels of 2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival in April, comes another Northern Ireland comics project, The Super Six, published by OFMDFMNI:CYPU.

Okay, so it doesn’t quite trip off the tongue like IPC or DCT and I doubt that many here actually know what it stands for (but then how many actually know what the D C of D C Thomson stands for without going and looking it up?). OFMDFMNI:CYPU stands for (taking a deep breath) the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland: Children and Young People’s Unit.
CYPU have created an education comic to be distributed free to all Northern Ireland’s primary school children. The Super Six are six child superheroes embodying the six goals of the CYPU Children’s Strategy. The twenty page colour comic, drawn Beano style, may set out to teach children but contains enough visual humour to keep the teacher or parent amused as well. For those outside the Province the entire comic, along with its accompanying Teacher’s Guide, are available as PDF downloads with an audio version of the comic, read by professional storyteller Liz Weir, available as MP3 files.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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