Are you a fan of local and Canadian writers, artists and creators? Are you a fan or writer of comics, graphic novels, zines and webcomics or are interested in finding out more about them? Well, do we have a treat for you! From Saturday, May 5th 10:30-5:00 pm to Sunday May 6th 1:00-5:00 pm at the Millennium Library in the Carol Shields Auditorium, we are co-hosting the 3rd annual Prairie Comics Festival. Over 25 Comics writers, artists and publishers will be exhibiting their works for purchase in the auditorium, meeting with fans and writers and participating in panels throughout the day.
This year we are also excited to have three special guests at the festival: Mariko Tamaki is a comics creator who co-created This One Summer with Jillian Tamaki, a graphic novel which received Caldecott and Printz Honors as well as the Eisner and Ignatz Awards. ALB is an illustrator and digital content creator, whose videos you may have seen on YouTube and CBC. Valentine de Landro is a Canadian comic book artist, illustrator and designer who has illustrated for Marvel, DC Comics, IDW, Valiant, and Dark Horse and is the co-creator of BITCH PLANET.
You can find a full list of all the exhibitors and publishing houses who will be attending the festival at the official website prairiecomics.com.
As I mentioned the festival will also be offering some amazing panels which all are welcome to attend, the following is the panel schedule for the two days.
Saturday May 5:
11 am-12 pm
Working for U.S. Publishers
Comic creators discuss the experience of working as editors, colour artists, writers, and artists for the largest comic book companies in the world. How they broke in, what the benefits and limitations are of working for large publishers, and how their experience has changed over time.
Mariko Tamaki (She-Hulk, writer, Marvel)
Chris Chuckry (The Flintstones, colour artist, DC)
Valentine de Landro (Bitch Planet, artist, Image)
Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geeks, editor, Dark Horse)
Social Media and Comics
Comic creators and journalists discuss the role of social media. Is it necessary? How far do you let your personal self shine through? How do you use different platforms, and why is it important to diversify your posts on each? What are the current hot topics when it comes to comics on social media?
Nyala Ali (Comics journalist)
Autumn Crossman (Comic creator)
ALB (Comic creator/Youtube creator)
Ryan Harby (Webcomic creator)
Breaking out of the Panel
Comic creators discuss the different formats comics can take, and innovative ways to showcase the medium. Whether this is in massive side-scrolling comics, mini self-made zines, or comics made in the shape of bubblegum wrappers, we will showcase ideas and brainstorm new ways to look at the medium of comics.
Scott A. Ford
Sunday May 6:
Young Adult Comics Panel
Come join a roundtable of librarians discussing what are the best young adult graphic novels to read! A focus on inclusive programming, this will also showcase graphic novels that are available to be checked out immediately from the library after the panel.
Prairie Comic Festival Guest Spotlight
Mariko Tamaki, Valentine de Landro, and ALB are our special guests this year for the Prairie Comics Festival. Come join the panel and hear about their current and past projects, and engage in an open Q&A where you can ask them questions about their work.
This festival and its panels are free to attend, so please come on down; we look forward to seeing you!
If you are unable to make it to the festival, the Blankstein Gallery at the Millennium Library will feature artwork by the local publishers and invited guests throughout the month of May.