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On Free Comic Book Day - Saturday 2 May 2015, 31 teens were at Papanui Library celebrating Free Comic Book Day with a fun workshop, pizza, and a comic swap.

Spencer Hall and Elijah Lopez, two graphic artists, helped the budding comic-makers with drawing technique tips and advice. Comics Compulsion came to the party with free comics. Free Comic Day at Papanui Library

Spencer thought the teens "made some really great work!" He animated some of their pictures together on his blog.

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* Books on cartooning
Search the Christchurch City Libraries' catalogue.
* Comics
Search the Christchurch City Libraries catalogue for comics.
* TumbleBookCloud
An online collection of e-books, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, videos, and audio books. Aimed at 12 to 17 year olds. You will need to login with your library card and PIN.
* Blambot
Pre-made resources, free fonts and style guides for people who draw comics or want to learn. Galleries of lettering, logos and design.
* Comics Compulsion
Shop in Christchurch specializing in comics (new & second hand), wargaming, Games Workshop, role-playing & boardgame products.
* Comics Tutorial on Deviant Art
For heaps of amazing tutorials, helpful hints and great comic art, check out deviantart's comics tutorial pages. There's info on starting out, art techniques, structuring your comics, using animation, even publishing hints.
* ComicVine
The social encyclopedia for comic book lovers that everyone can edit. The idea is that you register on the site, you create a persona as if you were a superhero. You get to fill in details of all your super powers in your profile and create a new superhero.
* DC Comics
Home to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other heroes.
* Deviant Art
Join the largest art community in the world! As a member, you can collect favourites, submit art, and track your friends and favourite artists.
* Doctor Cat
Doctor Cat is a cat who is also a doctor! Check out his website, with weekly comics, merch, fan art and more.
* Fan Fiction
Both for stuff to read and for getting published: fan fiction is when fans write new stories about their favourite characters from movies, comics and other books etc.
* From Earth's End
A New Zealand Comics blog by Adrian Kinnaird.
* Hero Machine
An online tool that lets you design your very own superhero character.
* International catalogue of superheroes
A database of information about various superhero characters from around the world, showcasing some of the international diversity that exists in the superhero world.
* MangaFox
MangaFox is an online community where you can chat with other manga fans and post comments, as well as reading online versions of hundreds of popular manga titles. There are Japanese, Korean and Chinese series, and heaps of manga that isn't available in book form here in New Zealand.
* Marvel
Home to Spider-Man, the X-Men, Hulk, Fantastic Four, and many more.
* MS Paint Adventures
MS Paint Adventures is the home of webcomic genius Andrew Hussie, creator of online comics Problem Sleuth and Homestuck - one of the most popular (and biggest) webcomic series ever. There are nearly a million fans worldwide, and you can join online communities, buy stuff, and look forward to playing the Homestuck computer game (in development now). There is even a local Homestuck community right here in Christchurch.
* New Zealand Comics
Gateway to New Zealand comics artists.
* Pusheen
Pusheen the cat has his own blog featuring cute comics and animated gifs. He is adorable.
* Simon’s cat
Simon's Cat started out as an animated comic, and now there is a website, a book, heaps of Youtube videos, and even a game.
* SmackJeeves
SmackJeeves is an online collection of fan-made comics. You can upload your own work, follow your favourite artists, or just browse other people's comics. SmackJeeves is suitable for older readers, though, so just be careful where you end up.
* Superhero Quiz
Find out which superhero you are most like.
* xkcd
xkcd describes itself as "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language". It is a collection of one-off comic strips, updated three times a week, mainly focused on science and technology, but with heaps of other stuff too, about life, love, and pop culture.