ETCH 2018 Book Launch (Guelph, ON) – June 2, 2018

We can’t seem to stay away from Vocamus Press OR the Guelph Public Library. Earlier this year, Jason and I ran a workshop through Vocamus for teen storytellers at the library, so to be invited to the launch of anthology of teen storytelling (which includes a submission from one of our workshopees!) was a lovely gesture and we were honoured to participate. The mere fact that these storytellers have started their work decades before us (we were clearly doing other things in high school) is so impressive and the packed library of family, friends and supporters was an inspiring sight.

Meet the Makers: From Cartooning and Comic Books to Graphic Novels, A Catalyst for Change (Guelph, ON) – May 30, 2018

This was a real treat. An opportunity to take part on a panel with some of our favourite people (and creators) and share thoughts on our work and comics in general. Hosted by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library and moderated by Jenn Haines, owner of The Dragon, the panel included multiple Eisner nominee Scott Chantler, cartoonist Brian Fray and us. In front of a full house at the Guelph Public Library, we joked and swapped stories about what inspires us to work in comic books and cartooning, discussed our favourite examples of the medium and even lay bare some of our more embarrassing moments. It was an amazing night and we couldn’t have asked for better panel-mates. Post-panel beers (and further comic book conversations) at The Albion capped the event off beautifully.

Vocamus Press Teen Writing Workshop (Guelph, ON) – February 2, 2018

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of running a story writing workshop for teens at the Guelph Public Library. Sponsored by local book advocates Vocamus Press, the workshop had a fairly broad scope (see below) so we focused on what we knew and what we’ve learned over the process of creating and releasing Group of 7. As for our expectations, we weren’t sure how many would show up (five did – on their PD Day no less!) or what they wanted to get out of hearing two middle-age new-ish story creators talk about Star Wars, Margaret Atwood, mythologist Joseph Campbell, comic books, character development and plot devices. We asked each to pitch us their story ideas (which ranged from personal stories of struggle to dystopian sci-fi thrillers) and then discussed some techniques the writer could use to move their idea forward. By workshop’s end, the participants were noticeably more comfortable talking about their stories with us (then they had been at the beginning) and each other (it didn’t appear any of the five knew each other previously). The workshop ended with the group recommending stories / films / shows to each other based on which story interests were shared in the workshop.

“You haven’t seen the Goonies yet?!” 😮

So far, Group of 7 has taken us to elementary schools, high schools, comic clubs and now library workshops. Wild ride. Can’t wait to see what’s next.