A letter from Rossie - Temporary Pause to Subscriptions

Dear Dekko Fans,

You may have noticed that we haven't had any updates about upcoming releases of new issues. This is because we have experienced some issues which have slowed down our production efforts and have seen multiple issues have their release dates pushed back.

Dekko Comics is an independently run company and this means that while our team is full of passionate and hard working people it is not always able to deal with the size of the demand that services like our monthly subscriptions require.

We want to use our team as fully as we can to allow us to expand the company and successfully scale up the work that we're already doing and this has not proven possible while focusing on creating a new comic every month.

With this in mind, we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily pause our monthly subscriptions once Issue 12 has been released in January.

We fully intend to restart the service later in 2019 but we don't currently have a fixed idea of when that will be. In the meantime, we want to focus on selling the 12 currently available comics while also working on expanding our business. We also hope to increase the numbers of workshops and commissioned projects that we do.

We apologise for any inconveniences this may have caused as we know some people were hoping to purchase subscriptions for friends and family. We have already contacted our current subscribers to let them know about our decision.

While not an easy decision we feel it is the best way to move forward both for us and our customers and we're excited about the developments that will now be possible and will have more updates on these in the New Year.

This does not mean our other comics will not be available. In January we will have a fully stocked online shop, as well as new variations on our very popular catch-up sets, so keep an eye out for those. 

Thank you all of you for your continued support, it means so much to us and we wouldn't be where we are without your enthusiasm and willingness to share what we're doing with others. Our potential growth is made possible by word of mouth so please continue to spread our work with those you know. You guys are great!

We will back with a re-vamped monthly subscription service as soon as possible.

Kindest Regards,

Rossie Stone

Upcoming Comic Display

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If you live in the North of Glasgow and get the ngHomes News you might have seen a reference to the work that we've been doing with their Green Champions group which is a group actively interested in trying to challenge the perception of Climate Change and whose work is inspiring and actively engaging in equal measure.

We're delighted to be showing off the comic that we've created based entirely on the ideas of their members at the launch event on the 10th of September at 4:30pm in Keppoch Campus and Rossie will be there to talk about not only the comic created but the continued progress that we're intending to make in the coming year.

Could Cartoons Have Been The Answer All Along? by David Pellow

Cartoons are often seen as not much more than a distraction from reality. Kids shows, or  films are good for plonking the kids in front of while the adults go about the necessary day to day tasks. People graduate up from cartoon films to ‘real’ films and children are encouraged to move away from comics and graphic novels so that they can appreciate ‘real’ literature.

Enjoyment is not a factor when it comes to doing things the ‘right’ way. Silence is ‘right’. Sitting still is ‘right’. Anything that might provide energy or vibrancy is treated with suspicion and uncertainty and this means those who might benefit most from a different perspective and style are being left to struggle in a system that doesn’t want to adapt.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Classrooms could be a place where sharing and discussion become normal tools of engagement. Lessons could become full of zany characters and wacky adventures that encourage children to learn while also entertaining and involving them in the process. This is the future that Dekko Comics feels is a reality.

The concept is simple. Take lessons and subjects from text-books, find the important educational aspects and then reframe it in a comic story. An example is a lesson about learning to tell the time becomes a story where our hero needs to say the correct self-destruct code (or time) to defeat the evil Count Clockface. This is just one example from the already available comics which cover topics including English, French, Geography, PSE and many more.

Timbot making learning the time a more visual experience

Timbot making learning the time a more visual experience

Lessons are presented in two page, easily digestible chunks with the size of panels and speech bubbles meaning that a reader isn’t overwhelmed with a vast amount of information. The lessons are also visually supported by the pictures, helping to draw the reader into the world and making it easier to focus on the current topic. 

It’s not all about educating though. The characters are fun and the stories are enjoyable in their own right. Dekko Comics read and feel like exactly what they are – comics, with the focus being put on them being entertaining as well as being educational.

They provide a space where the reader can learn at their own pace and in their own way – offering material for them to emotionally connect with and respond to without feeling judged. Due to the fact they are suitable for everyone, a child with ADHD can share the experience with someone who maybe isn’t, without it feeling like they’re holding their friend back or being given special treatment.

Students hard at work creating their own comics

Students hard at work creating their own comics

We feel that by the very nature of the comic and by being something that people want to do and something that they can do in a way that they want to do it, we can take education and make it a more enjoyable and inclusive experience for everyone.

Learning is never boring but how it is presented usually is. We ask: what if it wasn’t?

This article was first posted on the website ADDers.org and can be found by clicking  here .

This article was first posted on the website ADDers.org and can be found by clicking here.