Upside Comics is the children and young people's literacy charity.

About Us

Upside Comics is the children and young people's literacy charity.

Upside Comics use comics and graphic novels to promote literacy for children and young people. We support reading, creative writing, design and illustration. Upside Comics is a small charity. The organisation was started by people working in schools and youth charities who love comics. We believe that literacy is the key to childrens' future success and happiness. Instead of stigmatising comics as bad for literacy, recent studies show they can help people develop their reading and improve vocabulary in a fun way.
To many, comics are books you can read and still be cool. But they encourage further reading and drive up rates of library use. Comics communicate complex stories and difficult ideas in a simple way. They challenge the stronger reader whilst supporting those who are less enthusiastic and helping them to develop high-order thinking skills. They also help to draw in support at home from fathers and older brothers who are far more likely to sit and read Spiderman with you than Pride and Prejudice!

  • SchOOLS VISITED

    IN EAST AND WEST SUSSEX

  • NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS

    RUN IN SUSSEX

  • 99 % OF PARTICIPANTS

    Planned to write more stories

  • 100% PARTICIPANTS

    Planned to read more

WHO WE ARE

Upside Comics use comics and graphic novels to promote literacy for children and young people. We support reading, creative writing, design and illustration. Upside Comics is a small charity. The organisation was started by people working in schools and youth charities who love comics. We believe that literacy is the key to childrens' future success and happiness.
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STEVE SILVERWOOD

Project Manager
Steve is a specialist in charity management. He runs Refugee Radio, a charity that helps refugees and asylum seekers. He has worked for The Childrens Society, the YMCA and TimeBank.
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TOM EGLINGTON

Trustee
Tom Eglington is the author of two children’s novels, The Spellbound Hotel and The Stolen City, published by Piccadilly Press. He is a regular writer for 2000AD, having produced numerous scripts for Judge Dredd, Future Shocks, Thargs 3rillers and the original science-fiction series Outlier. During his career as a writer, he has run numerous creative writing workshops in schools.
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CON CHRISOULIS

Trustee
Con Chrisoulis is a Greek/Australian multidisciplinary artist who has enjoyed a long career in comics in Australia, Greece and currently in the UK. The two volumes of his political satire Giant-Size Fascists earned him Comicbook of the Year awards in Greece. His graphic novel Dryland, about his family’s experiences in Interwar Greece, was a finalist at the First Fictions competition and will be released in 2016 by Markosia Enterprises. His comic about the early unknown days of Morrissey, Tales of The Smiths, will be released by Omnibus Press in 2015. Con has an ISCED Level 4 degree in Film Editing (2010), a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design (2014) at the University of Brighton and is studying for a Masters degree in Research in Arts and Cultural Research. He has worked as a certified English-language teacher, private tutor and lecturer.

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