The Durham County Library has more to offer than just books and great place to hang out!
Durham County Library presents its third annual Comics Fest with guests, prizes and activities for children, teens and adults on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.
This year’s guest cartoonists include Eisner winner Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile), Hugo winner Ursula Vernon (Digger, Dragonbreath), Harvey winner Scott Hampton (The Books of Magic, Batman), Eisner nominee Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean) and Jan Burger (Uitke and the Magic Penny). Workshops and presentations will cover cartooning basics, visual storytelling and the comic art process from sketch to sales floor.
In addition, the Fest will feature the kickoff of the Durham Comics Project, a new project that seeks to capture the essence of Durham as a community by teaching people how to tell their stories through pictures. Through a year-long series of events and workshops around Durham, Amy Godfrey, children’s librarian and co-creator of Comics Fest, will teach people how to tell their stories through comics using the media or styles they are most comfortable with.
“People don’t need to be technically trained artists to tell stories through comics,” said Godfrey. “Moreover, being a technically trained artist doesn’t mean someone will be good at it. The essence of a good comic is a good story and we believe everyone has a good story in them.”
Comics Fest is made possible by Durham Library Foundation with additional support from Friends of the Durham Library. For details and a complete schedule, visit online or call 919-560-8590.
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