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25 April 2018

Cartoonaid Kidz - part 1 - Bryan Hitch

I acquired a copy of this annual recently, it's from 1989 (and is easy to acquire online) and features some top comic talent writing and illustrating stories based on characters that kids have (initially) written and drawn themselves. Plenty of interesting creators involved and I'll showcase their various contributions over the next few days. 

First up we have a humour strip by that 19-year old veteran of the British comics industry Bryan Hitch. Yep, that Bryan Hitch. THE Bryan Hitch.

Cheers Bryan!

The project was created in an effort to raise funds to help run the Wad Sherifay refugee camp in the Sudan (the Cartoon Aid project the previous year had raised enough money for the Swiss Red Cross to look after the 50,000 people in the camp). 

The Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain helped supply the cartoonists and chose the overall winner at their 1988 Christmas party.

The director of the project was Graham Cooke, the project organisers were Frank Plowright and Melanie Smith. The Cartoon Aid team were Jackie Brannan, Annie Woods, Amanda Cooper and Leslie Kett. 

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