So I’ve been a little behind on the Blob. We’ve got comics from the last three months to post (sorry everyone who’s been patiently waiting to see your comics go up), I still haven’t done a recap of Comics Fest in April, and I haven’t even mentioned the Durham Comics Project. Things get crazy when Summer Reading planning starts to happen in May and it’s easy to forget about everything that is not Summer Reading. This is something that few but Children’s librarians truly understand, but Summer Reading pretty much takes over our lives for 3-4 months a year. We eat, sleep, and breathe Summer Reading.

So let’s start with Comics Fest. I know I’ve said this every year, and yes I am biased, but this was by far our best Comics Fest yet.  Raina Telgemeier, Ursula Vernon, Scott Hampton, Ben Towle, and Jan Burger – everyone rocked!

Here’s what I learned at this years Comics Fest:

  1. Raina Telgemeier is one of the nicest people ever. It’s true. She’s really as nice as you think she is. I had the honor of showing her around Durham the night before the Fest and she’s really one of the most personable people I’ve met.
  2. Scott Hampton knows how to engage a crowd. Whether is a workshop, presentation, or just dinner, the man knows how to get even the most reluctant people involved.
  3. Ursula Vernon will sing if you don’t ask questions. Our group had lots of questions so we never found out whether it would be a good thing or not.
  4. There are a lot of amazing comics artists that live right here in the triangle! I met so many amazing artists at the Artists Alley. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to bring out even more.

I’ll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story of Comics Fest (click the images to view as slideshow)


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