A bisected page, two large eyes, the beginnings of a mouth—Abby is drawing a superhero she created during the most recent meeting of Mentor Library’s Comics Club.
“Her name is Hula,” she explains. “She uses her hula hoop to trap bad guys.”
The scene is decidedly relaxed during the latter half of the meeting. Some children draw—characters they’ve created, their Minecraft avatars—while others read graphic novels or issues of Tiny Titans and Adventure Time.
At a typical meeting, the kids talk about a special theme. Then we introduce the kids to graphic novels and comics that can be found in the library’s collection.
We close out each meeting with free time for the kids to draw or read.
“Their favorite part of the night is drawing time,” Schulz said. “We use templates that resemble comic strips and comic-book pages, so the kids can do short 3-panel or longer stories. Some have created their own characters that they revisit every month while others draw something new every time.”
The next Comics Club meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch. The theme for next month will be costumes.
To register a child for the Comics Club, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.