A NEW generation of comic creators are honing their skills in special sessions at Greenock Central Library.

The new comic club is called Splash Panel and it's open to 11 to 15-year-olds.

Paul Bristow, of local heritage group Magic Torch, is leading the project.

Paul, a digital storyteller in residence at the library, says interest in the group is high..

He said: "It is fully booked and there is a waiting list.

"This was exactly what we were hoping for.

"Over the next 12 weeks we will be working together.

"The kids will come up with their own characters and scripts and we will illustrate it.

"At the first session we were looking at how comics tell a story."

Paul says he us impressed with the talent of the children who have joined the group.

He said: "There are some brilliant artists in the group.

"It's quite mixed, some who haven't read comics before and others who have already done a bit of artwork."

The group will meet every Saturday until February and youngsters will produce their own comic at the end of it.

The Splash Panel is part of the Making Waves initiative which received £25,570 from the Public Library Improvement Fund to transform our local libraries into centres for culture and creativity.

Paul says that thanks to the funding each student has a set of drawing pens and pads.

He said: "It's good kit, so they can really go for it.

"We are encouraging the kids to borrow comics from the library - you need to read comics to understand how they work."