Magic Torch Comics

‘It’s not just about DC and Marvel’: How comics are a literacy gateway drug.

Magic Torch Comics’ Paul Bristow works with schools and community organisations to create comics for good.

Marvel and DC may be rewriting the book on success in Hollywood but their humble beginnings in comic books can have an impact on literacy that is nothing short of heroic.

A far cry from the Batmans, Spider-Mans and Wonder Womans of this world, Scottish social enterprise Magic Torch Comics is working with schools and community organisations to boost literacy and help turn their stories and messages into unique panels.

Founded in 2012, Paul Bristow and his team have transformed local Scottish historical or folk tales to bring them to life as comics, as well as delving into social issues like how refugees can be integrated into British life.

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