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Beginning of the Lifesavers

beginningofthelifesaversWritten & Illustrated by Jae’wan C.

Durham County Library

Recap

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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Written & Illustrated by Madison
Durham County Library

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Written & Illustrated by Javon
Durham County Library

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Written & Illustrated by Christian
Durham County Library

Comics Fest 2013 Presenters

Comics Fest 3 is only 12 days away! There are so many amazing things planned for this year that words can not really express the awesomeness that is about to happen. I’m going to break this up into a couple of posts because reading tons on info in one mile long post can be a little rough. So we’ll start with the official list of this year’s presenters. (Did I mention this is going to be the best Comics Fest ever?)

Presenters:

DramaRaina Telgmeier is the author of the original graphic novel Drama and the graphic memoir Smile, and she has adapted several Baby Sitters Club books into graphic novels as well. Drama spent 19 weeks on the New York Times graphic books bestseller list, peaking at #2, and won much acclaim from Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR and more. Read more about Raina at goraina.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ursula K. Vernon is a Pittsboro-based cartoonist and the author of the Dragonbreath graphic novel series for children, the Hugo Award-winning series Digger series, and much more. Read more about Ursula at ursulavernon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott Hampton is known for his painterly approach to comic book art, which has been seen in Batman, Hellboy, The Books of Magic (written by Neil Gaiman), and much more. Read more about Scott and view his work right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

emeliaBen Towle is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, NC, and is the author of Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, Farewell Georgia, and Midnight Sun. Read more about Ben at benzilla.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

uitkeJan Burger is a Pittsboro-based graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, New Hampshire and the author of Uitke and the Magic Penny, as well as a founding member of Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

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I want to apologize for the quality of this scan. Khalid drew a pretty great comic with really impressive use of perspective. Unfortunately I didn’t realize how poorly the scan came out until a few days later, so it’s a little hard to see what is going on and read the text.

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Written & Illustrated by Khalid

Main Library

 

Panel 1: “I can’t… I love you”, “Give me your hand!”

Panel 2: “I’ll never forget you!”, “Nooooooo!!!!”

 

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Written & Illustrated by Shakeem

Main Library

Get it Bro?

LameWritten & Illustrated by Christopher

Main Library

Things I’ve Done at the Library

As this is Love My Library Month, we decided to do library themed comics. Jason decided to highlight some of his favorite library events. There will be more library comics coming this week.ImageWritten & Illustrated by Jason

Southwest Regional Library

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