02 Music, Mayhem—Magnificent!

British Columbia
Scott Chantler Ontario

Scott Chantler is the Joe Shuster Award–winning cartoonist of the graphic novels Two Generals and Northwest Passage and of the Three Thieves graphic novel series. He is also a popular commercial illustrator whose clients have included McDonald's, Reebok, Macy's, Rogers, the New York Daily News, the National Post, the Toronto Star and Maclean's. When he's not doing either of those things, he teaches Writing for Graphic Novels at Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto. Read more

Rick Scott British Columbia

Rick Scott has been sharing his unique blend of spoken word, music and humour with audiences for more than 40 years. Read more

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre
$17 / $8.50 for student groups

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Great Scotts! This morning, musician and author Rick Scott delights readers with his illustrations and songs of The Great Gazzoon, a world where young Gazoon Wazoo is doing everything he can to put off practising his tightrope walking, including playing the shnookimer. Author and illustrator Scott Chantler presents the comic book world he has created, filled with circus acrobats and jugglers, arrows and adventures. Even reluctant readers will be enthralled by the stories these two tell through songs and comic illustrations. This is sure to be an entertaining, energetic and vibrant morning with images and sounds that will fill up eyes and minds. 

Suitable for grades 3–6

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Music, Mayhem- Magnificent!

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Music


  1. Have students illustrate their favourite nursery rhyme/song using a comic with a maximum of five panels.
  2. Ask students to sit with their eyes closed at their desks or on the floor as you play a selection of pieces of music from various genres.  After each piece, ask students to describe what emotions the song made them feel, any colours they associated with the song, or scenes they could imagine happening.
  3. Divide students into teams and have a competition where students must match different musical instruments to their names.  Include some lesser known instruments, such as Rick Scott’s dulcimer. 

Class Discussion:

  • How many people in the class read comics on a regular basis? 
  • Which comic strips/series/etc. are their favourite?
  • Brainstorm the different kinds of comics—webcomics, newspaper comic strips, graphic novels/manga, traditional ‘superhero’ comic books.

Additional Resources:

  1. Ongoing webcomics for kids: http://www.kidsites.com/sites-fun/comics.htm
  2. Examples of unusual instruments of the world: http://listverse.com/2007/09/11/top-10-bizarre-musical-instruments/