Sunderland cartoonist draws on his experience as he swaps Viz for the Olympics

alex collier self protrait

alex collier self protrait

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A CARTOONIST for a leading adult magazine is turning his hand to catering for the other end of the age spectrum – by using his skills to help young people.

Alex Collier, from Barnes, Sunderland, used to be co-editor of the comic Viz.

faster, higher, stronger cartoon

faster, higher, stronger cartoon

Now, the 31-year-old, who boasts 16 years’ drawing experience, is creating a series of cartoons for education website Ch-arted, designed to engage youngsters in a variety of education-based activities inspired by the Olympic Games.

Collier has been commissioned to create a series of 10 illustrations for the site, with each covering a different aspect of “the greatest show on Earth” that will be held in London next year.

Having worked as a cartoonist since he was 15, Alex has been a part of a wide range of projects with the risque comic.

Now he has enjoyed a switch to a much more family-friendly project.

Alex said of his latest work: “I can honestly say that drawing for Ch-arted has been a fun and informative change for me, which aside from being highly enjoyable, has also inadvertently taught me a lot about the Olympic Games.”

His cartoons, which cover topics such as the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (faster, higher, stronger), will be uploaded monthly to www.ch-arted.co.uk as part of the website’s countdown to the 2012 Games.

Alongside Alex’s creations, Ch-arted’s Big Countdown will include an accompanying series of activities and fact files.

Available free to teachers and educational professionals across the UK, these look at stimulating young people’s interest in the games, as well as offering an interactive way of covering a whole host of academic subjects.

Ray Spencer, executive director of the Customs House, in South Shields, the company behind the development of Ch-arted’s resources, said: “All of the resources available on Ch-arted have been designed to make tackling key issues and curricular objectives as engaging as possible for young people.

“Having Alex on board for our Big Countdown is one of the ways we aim to do just that.”

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