Starting tomorrow (March 21), you can grab your Group of 7 comics at the Silver Snail in Toronto! The Snail has been a Hogtown comics staple since Jason and I were both kids in the city so this development has us both over the moon! Milestone reached folks. Milestone reached.
We’re excited to announce that copies of Group of 7 #1 and #2 are now available in-store at Strange Adventures, with locations in Halifax, Dartmouth and Fredericton – our first outside of Ontario! That’s three provinces and counting…
Stoked to announce that copies of Issue 1 and 2 are now available at The Sidekick in Toronto! Leslievillians! East-Enders! Torontonians! Visit this awesome place, grab a coffee and shop for your comics!
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.