Comic strip workshops on the theme of bullying and taxing
In English and French
From 2004 to 2008
Elementary and Secondary Level
Length of the activity: the programme lasted approximately
In the winter of 2004, Blue Metropolis Foundation and the Bibliothèque de Montréal collaborated on a project to create comic strip workshops on the theme of bullying and taxing. This initiative proved to be a great success and there were calls for it to be repeated. As a result, Blue Metropolis developed the workshops for young people between the ages of 12 and 17, this time implementing them in a different setting. Instead of libraries and youth centres, these workshops took place in the heart of the social microcosm where adolescents interact and develop these forms of social violence: at school.
In the 2005-2006 school year, students from five Montreal schools – four classes of francophone and four classes of anglophone students participated in the workshops. The project continued in the 2007-2008 school year and included a series in Nunavik.
For more than one month, students expressed themselves on the subject of bullying by creating their own comic strips. Throughout the workshops, these young people were guided by professional authors and illustrators, an educational psychologist specializing in bullying, and teachers and facilitators from their schools.
When the sessions were completed, a jury of experts was invited to select the best boards. The students were prolific and creative. Given the number of boards produced, the jury had a difficult task choosing the winners. Each year, Blue Metropolis Foundation published the work of winners and finalists in a book entitled Touche pas à ma planche ! – Don’t Touch my Board, Man! and organized a launch at the Blue Metropolis Festival