Norwich City FC fan’s Canaries cartoons are a real labour of love...

Norwich City fans will be able to make their own comic strips about the club they love thanks to an internet project by one of their own.

Teacher and cartoonist Kevin Payne, pictured right, has missed being close to the Canaries since moving to Devon with his wife, and has been making up for it by devoting his time to the website Canary Comics, where stars of Norwich City past and present feature in cartoons created by fans.

Norwich born-and-raised Mr Payne, 33, previously taught at St Thomas More Catholic Junior School on Jessop Road, where he used comic strips to aid learning.

The green and yellow blooded dad of one – he was named after former City goalkeeper Kevin Keelan and named his son Keelan Huckerby Payne, after City legend Darren Huckerby – hopes that fans will use the site to socialise, have fun with their love of the club and create post-match comics that react to a games' events.

Mr Payne said: 'My ideal would be to see people's reactions to the premier league games immediately.

'I love the club, I love comics, and I love teaching, so I have combined them. It is just a bit of fun, but I hope it could become a useful study tool for children as well.

'I know if I was 10 and I had something like this I would love it.'

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The site will feature three different types of cartoon style; retro 1950s, simplistic stickmen, and one reminiscent of the classic Sensible Soccer video games of the 1990s.

Users can add text, backgrounds, pictures, sound effects and create their own characters and story lines.

The famous FA cup run of 1959 is currently represented on the site in cartoon form, as well as a game against an unidentified blue team.

Users will also be able to use their own photos on the site, blending cartoons with real life.

Mr Payne has been playing around with different ideas, such as the greatest Norwich team ever – featuring Darren Eadie, Chris Sutton and Iwan Roberts – versus the worst hair team ever.

But he needs help in developing the not-for profit service, and is offering advertising space to businesses willing to sponsor and vintage football strips to anyone willing to help.

'It is fun first of all. I would love to see fans using it as a forum for fun and match reaction, but I am also looking to put together an educational pack with resources,' said Mr Payne.

'I have spoken to the Norwich City Study Centre, I hope they will find it useful once it is up and running fully.'

Visit www.canarycomics.co.uk to see the site in its early stages, get in touch or register an interest.

Are you involved in an exciting project? Call Joe Wilkes on 01603 772439, or email joe.wilkes@archant.co.uk

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