GRAPHIC NOVEL LOCAL PROJECT
Working with a range of students from Acton High Schools Black Pupil Achievement Programme (BPAP), R2S Role Models first engaged the students in a workshop session that explored entreprenurial skills, looking at inspirational entrepreneurs especially young Black males who have been successful.
The young people decided that they wanted to create a graphic novel that would aim to highlight current issues faced by some young people looking at possible resolutions to difficult situations. The participants wanted to highlight the importance of making positive life choices and how we can turn a negative situation into a positive one. It was important for them that the novel reflected current youth culture so the imagery and language used would be done with their target audience and readers in mind. They decided to create a graphic novel with a storyline about knife crime. Knife crime still plays a prominent part in the lives of young people today. This year alone fourteen teenagers have been killed by knife crime in the capital with the youngest being just fifteen years old.
Routes2Success roles models Michael Ohajuru and Bola Abisogun supported the young black boys to identify job roles and split the group in two main teams, “The Designers” and “The Marketers”.The designers took the lead on creating the storyline and visual images. They looked at characters, the plot, the climax, the resolution. The marketers led on the advertising, selling and promotion of the graphic novel.
The young people were fortunate enough to have a mini master class from Jeremy Salmon a graphic artist who was able to talk about his humble beginnings and doing a job that he was passionate about. He also showed the group examples of his work, from advertisements to creating a colouring book for children.
The Graphic Novel has now been completed and is available for purchase on Amazon using the link below. Follow the groups progress on Twitter @AHPublish, Instagram AHPublish or visit the new Acton High Publishers webpage AHPublish.weebly.com The boys achievements have now been celebrated on Acton High Schools website see link below.