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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. Check out our 2021 schedule! All events will be presented on Zoom. In-person activities for Saturday, September 18th have been cancelled, and the festival will be online only.

Tues, Sept 14: Comics for the Young At Heart:  Graphic Novels for Kids and Teens with J. Torres, David A. Robertson, and Gillian Goerz, moderated by Eric Dyck

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This session will be presented on Zoom. Register free on Eventbrite for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/comics-for-the-young-at-heart-graphic-novels-for-kids-and-teens-tickets-169172313945

Shirley and Jamila’s Big Fall

As Jamila settles into the rhythms of classes and after-school basketball practice, Shirley has a new mystery on her mind. Her old enemy Chuck is up to his usual tricks: He’s been blackmailing kids all over school, and Shirley knows that she and Jamila can put a stop to it.

They hatch a plan: They’ll break into his house late one night and recover all the notes Chuck’s been using to blackmail innocent kids.

But while Shirley and Jamila are at the house, another intruder arrives—an intruder who can help them put a stop to Chuck’s crimes once and for all.

  • Children's
  • Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Fiction
  • Mystery & Suspense

Gillian Goerz

Gillian Goerz (pronounced Jillian Gertz) is a Canadian cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. Her first graphic novel Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer (Dial, 2020) received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, was included in the New York Public Library and CBC Books’ Best Books of 2020, and was praised in the New York Times Review of Books. The follow up, Shirley & Jamila’s Big Fall comes out in Fall 2021. Gillian loves drawing and talking about comics and creativity with kids and people of all ages. See more of her work, or book her to speak at gilliang.com. See art and behind the scenes photos on instagram @GillianGDotCom

(Save and print the activities below, courtesy of Gillian Goerz!)

Version Control

Acclaimed writer, David A. Robertson, delivers suspense, adventure, and humour in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel continuation of The Reckoner trilogy.

After a vicious battle with Mihko’s newest test subject, Eva discovers the company’s secret laboratory—a horror movie come to life. But with Brady missing and Cole barely clinging to life, Eva is on her own.

What new terrors has Mihko created? Can they be stopped? And can she find Brady before it’s too late?

  • Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi
  • Indigenous
  • Young Adult

David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson is the winner of the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award, the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the TWUC Freedom to Read Award. His books include The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga; When We Were Alone (winner of the Governor General’s Award, a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and a McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People); Will I See? (winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award, graphic novel category); and the YA novel Strangers (recipient of the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). He is the creator and host of the podcast Kiwew. Through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Robertson educates as well as entertains, reflecting Indigenous cultures, histories and communities while illuminating many contemporary issues. David A. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

Stealing Home

Sandy Saito is a happy boy who reads comic books and is obsessed with baseball — especially the Asahi team, the pride of his Japanese Canadian community. But when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, his life, like that of every other North American of Japanese descent, changes forever. His family is forced to move to a remote internment camp, and his father must spend months away from them. Sandy, his mother and his brother cope as best they can with the difficulties at the camp. Over time, Sandy comes to realize that life is a lot like baseball. It’s about dealing with whatever is thrown at you, however you can. And it’s about finding your way home.

  • Children's
  • Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Fiction
  • Historical

J. Torres

J. Torres won the Shuster Award for Outstanding Writer for his work on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Love as a Foreign Language and Teen Titans Go. He is also the writer of the Eisner Award nominated Alison Dare and the YALSA listed Days Like This and Lola: A Ghost Story. Other comic book credits include Avatar: The Last Airbender, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Ninja Scroll, Wonder Girl, Wonder Woman, and WALL-E: Recharge.

Eric Dyck

Eric Dyck is a cartoonist and art educator living in Lethbridge, AB. Eric has shared his love of cartoons and comic-storytelling with folks of all ages for more than twenty-five years. 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 to celebrate the critters and flora of Southern Alberta. Eric’s work can also be found in Wider Horizons, The Sprawl, and YYScene. Find out more at http://www.ericdyck.com/