Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Gum Girl SECRET files

Hi, this is Andi, the person who makes Gum Girl. I'm sneaking on the blog (don't tell anyone, will you?) to share some of the SECRET behind the scenes stuff from Gum Girl. Unfortunately I don't just sit down and start drawing from page one and have a bunch of neat stories at the end. It'd be so much easier if I was clever enough to make it up as I went along. Instead I actually have to plan what I'm going to do. Boo.

 The first thing I wanted to do when I started Gum Girl was design the costume. Why? Because that's the most fun thing to do at the beginning, and if I have a good costume then I can build on that. I usually doodle in my sketchbook (tip for young cartoonists: keep a sketchbook and draw in it every day*) trying out different ideas like the ones in the pic. I knew I was dealing in gum and bubbles so I used rounded shapes. I know bubble gum is pink so I had that in mind as a colour scheme (I didn't have a pink pen on hand so used a red one here) and I played around with the idea of stripes, like on a candy cane.

 These are my early attempts. What do you think? Do you prefer some of these to the finished design?
I'll sneak back soon to share more from Gum Girl's SECRET long as I'm not caught!

*Secret sketchbook tip. You don't have to buy a fancy expensive sketchbook, you can clip a lot of separate sheets of printer paper to a piece of cardboard. That way you have all your doodles in the same place and have the cardboard to rest on.


Monday, 27 February 2012

Things are gonna change around here - final page!

This the end for our webcomic - we've just posted the final page of story one: Welcome to Catastrophe! - but it's just the start for Gum Girl. Many more crafty criminals are plotting world domination - it's all in Catastrophe Calling! (out Thursday!)

We hope you've enjoyed the webcomic - do let us know! And don't forget all the other great stuff we've got on this site like the Fun Stuff and our design-a-supervillain competition! 

Friday, 24 February 2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Who dares?

It's time for someone to stand up to that robo-mega-bully in the webcomic.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My Mum, by Grace Gibson

There's a little insight into Grace's family in our latest addition to the Fun Stuff section: an illustrated piece by Grace Gibson about her mum!

Have a look here!

Better Living ... Through Chemistry

What the heck happened there with that meteor?

It's time for Grace to get her bedroom chemistry set out again and find out in today's webcomic page!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Grace is in danger of being crushed AND there's an E-number crazed giant robot on the rampage!

It's all going on in the webcomic - with a new page up now!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

New webcomic page!

Grace is having a tough time settling in at Calamity Primary School.

And what's that up in the sky - a shooting star?? Find out in today's webcomic page!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

New webcomic page up now!

Another page of the webcomic is here!

Grace's adventure in Catastrophe continues. What's she cooking up with her chemistry set??