Scottish Comics Welcome Newest Voices

BHP Comics’ Full Colour mentorship programme culminates this month with the launch of the Full Colour Anthology which collects the participants’ work.

The project, supported by the Year of  Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate and Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, encouraged young people aged 14 to 26 from BAME backgrounds to create comics for the very first time or to advance their own art or writing practice. The result was an outstanding standard of work in many genres and covering a vast number of topics. From a superhero who suffers diarrhoea whenever she fights crime to an exploration of family traditions contrasting with social dynamics, Full Colour bridges fun and meaningful.

The project, originally conceived by Sha Nazir, publisher at BHP Comics, has succeeded in its aim to encourage more people of colour to join the comics scene in Scotland: ‘The Scottish comics landscape is a friendly and warm environment which welcomes difference but it has long been far from representative. It’s hard for young people of colour to imagine themselves in a position or community when they can barely see anyone like themselves already there. We set out to change that.’

Nyla Ahmad, the project’s co-chair added: ‘That’s why Full Colour was so important to us, because we need these young people’s voices in Scottish comics. We’re aiming to continue Full Colour beyond this year and help make real change to Scottish comics and to the lives of young people from BAME backgrounds by encouraging them into the comics scene and industry. Their voices are necessary and their work is wonderful.’

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Full Colour project as part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. Through the project, young people were able to find their creative voices and express their views on topics which are important to them. It is fantastic to see BHP Comics providing a supportive space for them to develop their art and showcasing their impressive work at Glasgow Comic Con.” 

The participants from the Full Colour project have also received free entry to 9 Panels, BHP’s comics industry conference on the 29th of June, as well as to the entirety of Glasgow Comic Con on the 30th. A group of the creators will be speaking about the project and their work on a panel at Glasgow Comic Con with Nyla Ahmad as well as signing their work. This aims to bring Full Colour to the attention of the wider comics community and also the general public. This Summer, an exhibition of their work will be displayed in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, under the title People of Comics, to showcase the talent of the group. This exhibition was originally programmed to take place in the CCA Intermedia Gallery before the GSA fire and the CCA's resulting closure.  

About the Anthology

The Full Colour Anthology brings together the freshest voices in Scottish comics and collects their short-form work in one stunning volume. The Full Colour Project, created to foster diversity in comics and mentor young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, came to fruition with this collection of bold new comics.

About the Creators
BHP Comics' Full Colour project brought together a team of young Scottish people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to be mentored in creating comics. The group, who come from all over Scotland and from many backgrounds, were brought together to create comics with outstanding results. While some of these young people had never made comics before, their work proves that the future of Scottish comics is in good hands.

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