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Kazoo Print Expo (Guelph, ON) – April 14, 2018

Despite terrible weather (it snowed AND hailed), we had a wonderful time exhibiting at the Kazoo Print Expo. Apparently even the worst weather won’t keep Guelphites from checking out and supporting local arts (sidebar – I love this city). We met a whack of great folks, picked up some amazing product and drank some delicious Kazoo Fest beer (specially brewed by Wellington Brewery). We also debuted our new banner and signed Issue #2 for a fan who explicitly visited us (and the Print Expo) for that one specific reason. Made our day. At my request, Jason even drew Hourman for me! Hourman! The hero whose powers last for an hour! And only an hour!

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And Fourth Dimension makes 10!

Today Jason walked into Fourth Dimension Comics & Games in Newmarket and BOOM they decided to carry Issues #1 and #2. Just like that! Jason’s travelling salesman skills are really top-notch. More excitedly, Fourth Dimension becomes our 10th retail location. Huzzah!

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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.