Earlier this year, pupils studying French in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year were invited to take part in Hampton’s French Comic Strip Competition, running for its second year.

Les bandes dessinées (BD) or ‘Franco-Belgian comics’ are still extremely popular in the French-speaking world and the characters of Tintin and Astérix have become world-famous. To enter the competition, pupils were asked to create at least two scenes of a comic, in French, using their favourite fictional characters but imagining a story of their own.

The French Department were amazed, yet again, by the creativity and the excellent French on display as our linguists put their own spin on the BD tradition. Although it was a challenge to identify a winner from dozens of original, imaginative entries, our best entries saw Tintin in various situations: escaping a Megalodon shark or his Covid quarantine, rescuing Thomson and Thompson in the desert, playing football on the moon and winning a motorcycle race!

Mr Marc Boardman, Head of French, congratulated all the pupils who took part in this year’s competition:

This was a really enjoyable activity for Hampton Francophiles to take part in and we have been pleased to reward boys of a range of abilities in French, who have shown a great deal of imagination, creativity and effort. Saperlipopette! Bravo! C’est vraiment géniAl!

Congratulations to our winners and well done to everyone who took part:

  • 1st Place – Pablo Branley (3C) & Sam Barnett « Tintin et le Mégalodon »
  • 2nd Place – Theo Tang (1F) « Tintin et la Symphonie du désert »
  • 3rd Place – Thomas Wray-Miller (3F) « Tintin échappe à sa quarantaine »
  • « Coup de cœur » (special mention) – Ethan Qian « Tintin et le football sur la lune » ; Freddie Mundell, Daniel Metzgen & Will McTavish « Tintin et la course à moto »

Take a look at some of the fantastic creative comic strip entries below:

PABLO & SAM First Place  Theo Second Place  Thomas Third Place

Ethan Coup de cœur  Freddie, Daniel & Will Coup de cœur



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