Art Heroes Presents Endangered and More Strange Stories

Endangered and More Strange Stories contains four, all-ages strips, 36 colour A4 pages and 4 pages of comic making tips and worksheets.

Art Heroes is run by Daniel Clifford & Lee Robinson

Daniel Clifford was born in South Shields, 1986. Having been taught to read by comic books in the early 1990s, Daniel aims to create new comics that can inspire today’s young people to read. His published work (including the Sugar Glider comics) has been intended for an all-ages audience. He organised comic book workshops around North East England for over two years before starting Art Heroes with Lee Robinson.

Lee Robinson was born in Hexham, 1986. He has worked on a variety of projects as an illustrator and cartoonist, earning an Animation Foundation Degree in the process. Lee’s comic book work began with guest appearances in the Sugar Glider titles, and continues through Art Heroes workshops and publications.

Check out their website artheroes.co.uk

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Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Getting used to life in Trolberg is proving difficult for Hilda. Weeks after moving to the city with her mother, the diminutive adventurer is still missing the wonder-filled valleys and magical friends that surrounded their old home in the fjords. Peering out of her new bedroom window onto the crowded streets below, Hilda longs for her old adventures and wonders if she’ll ever fit in into this new, much less exciting place.

Things start to look up when Hilda learns that it’s the day of Trolberg’s annual Bird Parade, a spectacular carnival in which crowds people from all over the city gather to match the streets in colourful, awe-inspiring plumage. Eager to see the festival together that evening, Hilda’s mum lets Hilda go out to be shown around the neighbourhood with her new schoolmates. Unfortunately for Hilda, she soon finds out her new friends aren’t all they are cracked up to be when they take delight in throwing stones into a tree of birds.

As a poor raven falls injured from the tree, Hilda rushes to the rescue. Determined to nurse it back to health, Hilda quickly discovers that this particular bird is no ordinary feathered friend. First of all, he can talk. Second of all, he’s lost his memory — including his ability to fly! And to make matters even more complicated, the other children have run away leaving Hilda stranded with no idea of how to get back to her house.

Together, Hilda and her strange new friend embark on a quest home. Along the way they encounter all manner of bizarre creatures from outcast Trolls to ferocious Salt Lions and deadly Rat Kings and Hilda discovers that maybe the city is not so boring after all. As they go, it becomes clear that the amnesiac raven has an important mission to attend to… if only he could remember what it could be.

Will the secret truth be revealed amongst the multi-coloured floats of the Bird Parade?

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Hilda & the Troll by Luke Pearson

My new favourite book character. Luke Pearson’s Hilda is great!

While on an expedition to seek out the magical creatures of the mountains around her home, Hilda spots a mountain troll. As she draws it, the blue-haired explorer starts to nod off… when she wakes, she finds herself lost in a snowstorm and her troll has totally disappeared. On her way home, Hilda ventures deep into the woods, befriends a lonely wooden man and narrowly avoids getting squashed by a lost giant.

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Luke Pearson – Nobrow

I discovered Nobrow through my obsession with Flying Eye Books. Now I am obsessed by everything Nobrow. Last week I finally bought one of the Hilda books, Hilda and the Bird Parade, which I will be featuring on the blog soon. I loved it, Hilda is a fantastic character. If you read my blog or follow me on twitter you’ll probably know that I recently became the father of twins, 1 boy and 1 girl.

My mission is to create a vast library of amazing books for them to indulge in. I seek out books with strong female characters, books that challenge, books that are beautiful, books that are educational, books that funny and sad, books that are surprising and unpredictable.

Hilda is exactly the kind of character I want my son and daughter to read about. She is adventerous, courageous, kind and inquisitive.

Check out this video by Luke Pearson.