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Cutrist Comics Ltd is an entertainment company that produces web-comics, educational card games, scripts, children’s books and memes.
The company was put together in December 2015 by Phil Tottman (Writer), Tom Dryland (Illustrator) and Nadia De Kuyper (Designer) and registered as a Limited company in August 2016.
Despite multiple illustrators, designers and writers – plus contributing creators – covering a plethora of different mediums and genres such as web-comics (Zombie Daily), memes (My Life With Death), screenplays and commissioned work, Cutrist focuses largely on creating content for children and young people for educational and entertainment purposes.
One of the two prominent projects is an educational card game called Book of Beasties (BoB). It is a fun and easy to learn card game for its younger audience and a programme for teachers, parents or guardians to assist them in communicating the message of mental health to children.
BoB strives to normalise the subject of mental health amongst younger people and their peers. The initial programme focuses on depression and anxiety.
After meeting and talking with a number of teachers and SENCOs (special education needs coordinators) in schools local to us, it became apparent that there was a lack of support for teachers wants to discuss mental health issues with their students, and a not much help for those children struggling with their own health or confused about their peers mental state.
This is where Book of Beasties comes into play, sparking the conversation about mental health in and out of the classroom whilst introducing the kids to a quick to learn and fun game.
The concept has been picked up by a number of schools in West London who have agreed to allow us to trial the game with a select number of students, and a project management group consisting of psychologists and teachers has been put together to help us further develop the programme and help us get it to the highest standard possible.
Book of Beasties has already been called an “improvement on current methods of mental health education.”
The other prominent project is a series of children’s books containing shorts stories, Waggy Tales, Short Bedtime Stories and a Peculiar Perspective on Life. Each story has a subtle moral message and lesson running through it that is easy to pick up and fun to read for both kids and adults.
We are currently searching for literary agents to represent this project and put us in front of publishers – but in the mean time we have taken volume 1 out to schools and youth groups for reading.
This has built a small following and generated interest, with one teach describing one of the short stories as “one of the best kids stories” she’s ever read.
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Phil, a former musician and pub manager ended up going to university in pursuit of a career in journalism. Starting off working for the likes of Zoo Magazine and Empire Magazine, he ended up in the world of technology writing for Newbay Media in Hertfordshire, and Incisive Media in London.
However a self entitled “creative” at heart, Phil wanted to do more with his writing. After discovering how truly competitive the creative-writing industry was, he decided to open up his own entertainment and publishing company – Cutrist Comics – drafting in Tom as head-illustrator, to together tackle the competition from a different angle.
Although still in its infancy, Phil has big plans for the business and promises an exciting road ahead.
Having no formal Education before college, Tom devoted most of his free time to exploring and honing a variety of artistic techniques and practices.
Trying his hand at sculpting, painting, scriptwriting and traditionaldrawing methods, he soon discovered his vocation in comics and the stop motion mediums.
London proved to be an ideal place for turning many of these hobbies into small independent projects and has given him the opportunity to curate several exhibitions within which his own work was displayed alongside various other young artists.
Once he had built up a portfolio of work Tom started to get a number of one-off commissions in and around London such as tattoo designs and portraits. It was at this stage he met Phil – a like minded creative who shared his ‘’do it yourself” mentality… And the rest, as they say, is history.