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Thursday, September 17th: Cartoonists Talk Community and Quarantine with Sam Hester and Eric Dyck

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

When COVID closed our doors in March, Calgary artist Sam Hester started a serial Saturday comic for the online magazine The Sprawl, Alone Together, about the struggle and strange beauty of life in a pandemic. Join Sam in conversation with local cartoonist Eric Dyck to hear more about the power of art to bring us together, even when we’re physically apart.

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Eric Dyck

Eric Dyck is a cartoonist and art educator living in Lethbridge, AB. He has shared his love of cartoons and comic-storytelling in art galleries, museums, schools and libraries throughout Alberta and New Brunswick. Eric has been documenting his experiences and adventures in Southern Alberta through his webcomic, Slaughterhouse Slough. Eric uses his comic strip to share about the people that he meets, the stories that he hears and as a means of learning more about the history of Southern Alberta. Find out more at

Sam Hester

Sam Hester writes autobiographical comics that have appeared in a range of different publications, like her local community newsletter, a few international anthologies, and the Calgary-based journalism startup The Sprawl. Sam also works as a graphic recorder, taking live illustrated notes for organizations all over Alberta. She captures their stories by drawing upon deep listening skills and a lot of markers. Sam lives with her two children in a really old house in Calgary.