Seven Stories is amazing!
I was invited along last week to review the latest exhibition – Comics! For those of you who don’t know Seven Stories is the National centre for Children’s books and it is based in Newcastle and there is no other place like it in the UK. Set over seven floors, hence the name and it can be found in the lovely Ouseburn area of Newcastle. Each of the floors are dedicated to children’s books, their readers and creators.
There is no doubt that Seven Stories is magical! This was only our third visit to the centre as we came once when James was a baby and again in December for a Christmas event a couple of years ago . I think maybe on the previous two visits James may have been a little young to appreciate the wonders of the exhibition but on this occasion, he really did! He did not want to leave and threw his little three year old self into all of the activities, events and books that Seven Stories had to offer.
The Comics exhibition was great fun, it was so interactive, creative and enjoyable for not only James but also for me and most importantly it was something that we enjoyed doing together.
Here are the details of the Comics exhibition from the website – Seven Stories has gathered together an eclectic mix of original comic art to impress and inspire all comics’ fans. See Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940s and 50s; find old friends like Oor Wullie, Minnie the Minx and Roy of the Rovers; imagine yourself on an adventure with Dan Dare from The Eagle.
The exhibition will feature Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and Hulk as drawn by British artist Ian Churchill. Ian works for Marvel and DC Comics, America’s largest comic corporations.
Current British comics creators like Kate Brown, Jamie Smart and Laura Ellen Anderson have prepared storyboards, sketches and 3d models to lend to the exhibition as well as giving Seven Stories’ visitors unique insight into their creative processes.
I felt that the exhibition was well laid out, you got a real sense to comic magic from the minute you walked into the exhibit. I also loved that it was a maker exhibition and therefore was incredibly interactive which I think was important for someone of James age in order to hold their interest. As James is only just learning to read, we travelled through each section of the exhibit and I explained in simple terms to him what it was all about.
As you travelled through the exhibit each section gave you another layer in creating your own comic storyline. Some of the sections included character, setting, magical objects etc. It was great fun for James to think about which he would like to choose and how his characters could be brought to life. It was actually the first time that I have done anything like this was James and I was astonished by some of the ideas he had.
There were buttons to press, wheels to spin, costumes to wear and comics to read. James loved the exhibition and we can’t wait to go back again. I do think that the comics exhibition would also be great for older children, I know that my 17 year old daughter would have embraced the creative side of the exhibit and that she would have really enjoyed creating her own cartoon and I think my husband Gareth would have too!
I know how many of you guys love comics and I just wanted to make you aware of this place and obviously of this exhibition. Oh and in case your interested this was the basic plot line for James comic.
The story is about a T Rex who is looking for a herd of dinosaurs with his friend, a superhero paleantologist called James ( that’s me mammy, he told me).
It is set in Dinosaurland and a jungle. Along the way they find some fossils using a magical hammer which finds out where the fossils are. An evil paleantologist is trying to steal his magic hammer.
James and the T Rex find the herd and live happily ever after!
Not bad for a three year old – eh? I’m always on the look out for magic and keep posted for my full review of Seven Stories and why I am buying an annual pass when I visit next.
Thanks for reading.