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Students’ comic designs are a winner with Hull FC


Year 11 students competed for top comic

Students at Hull’s Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) met two Hull FC stars as part of a project to create a comic strip for the club’s magazine.

The Year 11 creative digital students at the KCOM-backed college were tasked with producing an eye-catching and imaginative comic page to be published in the Super League club’s monthly print and online magazine, The 18th Man.

Following a brief which had to include the club mascots, Airlie and Girlie Bird, and be based around the city of Hull, the students worked on their designs using software programs Comic Life and Adobe Photoshop.



First team stars Dean Hadley and Mickey Paea visited the employer-led school to announce the winners of the project, with Oliver Scothern chosen as the best overall for his light-hearted and original comic story.

Ellie Rhodes’ design came in at second place, for its clear comic style and strong story, while in third place was Millie-Ann Orr’s light-hearted strip, featuring many of her own illustrations.

Art and Creative Digital Teacher Kate Blowman said: “I’m really proud of the work the year 11 Creative Digital students have produced.

“It has been really exciting for the students to work to a real-life client brief and to create a comic strip for such a high-profile sports club.

“They have learnt new skills through this project, using new software to create their designs and thinking imaginatively and creatively to develop unique stories, with the winner to be read by Hull FC supporters in their monthly magazine.

“The students – and the teachers for that matter – were very excited to meet Dean and Mickey, who took the time to answer students’ questions, before taking a tour of our state-of-the-art virtual reality facilities.”

Winning student, Oliver Scothern, will now work with the club over the next few weeks to produce a similar piece of work to feature in The 18th Man magazine.

Hull FC Media Executive Lewis Scott said: “We’ve been in regular contact with Kate Blowman over the last few months keeping an eye on how the designs are coming along, and it’s great to see the progress that the students have made with this project.

“The comic-strips are very well designed with some creative and topical story-lines too. Supporters will get the chance to see what the students have been up to when we publish Oliver’s design in The 18th Man later this year.

“Hopefully working on a client project such as this will help them going forward as they begin their careers in the creative industries.”

For further information go to www.rondearingutc.com

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