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Comic strip storytellers live among you! What are some of the challenges and rewards of creating comics about your neighbours and neighbourhood? Jerry Firth (Neighbourhood Development Coordinator, City of Lethbridge) will guide a conversation with Calgary’s Sam Hester (The 23rd Story) and Lethbridge’s Eric Dyck (Slaughterhouse Slough) about writing comic stories in the place where you live, and about the folks you live 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.
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.