The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See our line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Lethbridge for 2017....
There is a comic or graphic novel out there for you and Panel One Comics Society is going to do their best to prove it to you! Graphic storytelling is often written off as juvenile, or assumed to be nothing more than capes-and-tights stories. It has been suggested by some that comics and graphic novels aren’t “real books.” We will share some of our favourite titles with you, introduce you to some of Alberta’s comics creators, and challenge you to a game to see if you can correctly guess where quotes come from, a comic, or a “real book.” It will be a thought-provoking session, with time for questions and audience interaction. By the end, if we haven’t completely changed your mind, hopefully you’re at least curious and leaving with a much longer reading list than you came in with.
Eric Dyck is a cartoonist living & working in Lethbridge! His comic strip, Slaughterhouse Slough, explores the history, vegetables, critters, and people of his new Southern Alberta home. Eric’s comic stories are developed from research, interviews and eavesdropping. Eric also teaches cartooning & comics classes for children and youth, and his freelance illustration work can also be found in magazines, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, and city hall. In 2017, Eric adapted a Galt Museum exhibit, curated by Tyler J. Stewart, about music in Southern Alberta into a series of comic strips. The collection of these comic strips, “From Pianos To Power Chords”, is available exclusively at the Galt Museum.
Erin Millar is one half of the sibling creative team behind Where She Walks, which is the story of a goddess who doesn’t know she’s a goddess, being called to save a world she doesn’t know she created. Erin is the writer, and her brother, Nathan Millar, is the artist. The story is available online at www.whereshewalks.ca and in some comic stores in their hometown of Calgary. Erin has a background in theatre and dance and is currently working on, among other things, her second degree; a Bachelor of Arts, with an English major. Erin is also the founder of Panel One and the President of the Panel One Comics Society.
Sam Hester writes autobiographical comics. Her monthly strip about life her neighbourhood, “Sam Hester’s Ramsay,” has appeared in her community newsletter since 2012. Sam works as a graphic recorder, taking live illustrated notes for organizations all over Alberta. She captures their stories by drawing upon deep listening skills, a unique graphic style, a passion for community-building… and a lot of markers. Sam lives with her family in a really old house in Calgary.