We will deliver a lively, visual discussion on comics & graphic novels, and how reading them as kids served as inspiration throughout our lives, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make our own books. We’ll share insight into working for companies like Nickelodeon, Disney, and Scholastic as well as what it’s like being a full-time cartoonist. From brainstorming ideas, to writing and revising, art supplies and techniques, we will invite people of all ages into the world of cartooning. We try to make our book events fun and interactive and can customize the perfect mix based on your input.
Presentations can include a visual slideshow, live drawing demonstration, Q&A, book signing & more!
Interested in hosting a drawing game show or reader’s theater? Here’s some fun stuff a graphic novel event can include.
GRAPHIC NOVEL READER’S THEATER
A live comics reading involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Authors will perform chapters from their all-ages graphic novels with the illustrated panels projected onto a large screen for all to see, and volunteers from the audience chosen to play some of the characters.
COMICS QUICKFIRE/DRAWING GAMES
A series of improvised drawing challenges in the style of a race-against-the-clock game show. Kids will form teams to collaborate on comics based on suggestions from the audience. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if they can only draw stick figures, or make creative quips! Each game infuses elements of story structure, set up, conflict, rising action, plot twists, and resolution.
More photos from a Quickfire event at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival: PHOTO ARCHIVE
-Flip chart drawing pad and markers (any drawings created will be given to the store, school or library), OR a dry erase board and markers (drawings will be erased).
-Sharpies or thick magic markers.
-A microphone/amplification system is appreciated for any group larger than 25 people.
Some of the themes included in our talks include:
- Finding your voice. Each artist has to find what makes them unique.
-The power of collaboration. Combining words and pictures is at the heart of graphic novels. Many comics are created by writers and artists teaming up to produce something new, benefiting from the strengths of each.
-Being ready for twists and turns in the road that will eventually create opportunities for success. There’s no one path to follow. You just have to work hard, and create work that really matters to you!
If books are available the authors will happily sign, personalize and draw in each copy!
*Please let us know if you’d like any art or help designing a flyer for the event!