The UK based non-for-profit National Literacy Trust has recently announced a new program designed to get school children interested in books.
The ComiX Factor is a contest where kids are asked to create a new sidekick for Dorko, a character created by The Etherington Brothers. The kids are encouraged to invent details about the sidekick, write out a description, and draw the character. They can also enter the contest by finishing a comic strip that The Etherington Brothers provided.
The contest is organized through schools, and participating teachers are encouraged to use this to motivate their entire classroom. “Comics and graphic novels are popular types of reading materials among children and adults alike, so using them for writing-based activities is a sure fire way to get your pupils engaged. In particular, those who struggle with reading and writing might be “drawn in” by comics and graphic novels, but the rest of your class could also benefit from the multimodal nature of this genre.”