Unlock Your Own Story

This year we are excited to take Telling Tales – Celebrating Graphic Novels online with three very special digital workshops. Stories truly can connect us, and the best part about our event going online is that you don’t have to be in Hamilton to participate! We can’t wait to welcome teens and tweens from across Canada and beyond as they connect with young adult authors and illustrators. 

Join us for live online Celebrating Graphic Novels workshops where you will learn from the pros and discover how to get a story out of your head and onto the page. Participants will learn practical tools and strategies for creating characters, illustrations and storytelling while watching and interacting with our presenters.

Do you have a question for one of our presenters? Submit your questions using the link below and we’ll do our best to answer as many as we can during our each presentation.

Submit Your Questions For Our Presenters Here

Be sure to have a pencil/pen and paper with you. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Kevin Sylvester – Doodling, Noodling, and Oodles of Comic Advice

Wednesday June 10, 11AM-11:45AM

Fans of Neil Flambé and Gargantuan Jr will recognize award-winning writer and illustrator Kevin Sylvester’s work. His upcoming series, The Hockey Super Six (Book 1 out in September), is even more picture-packed. Kevin will lead an interactive workshop on how to design your very own comic. He’ll start with character designs based on shapes, then head all the way to laying out a page of action!

Watch as Kevin creates, doodle along and unleash your inner artist!

Material required (optional) – paper, pencil, pencil crayons, pen

Tory Woollcott – Knock-Knock Jokes

Thursday June 11, 1:30PM-2:15PM

Learn how to make your own comic strips with writer and cartoonist Tory Woollcott! Using knock-knock jokes as the base of a comic, Tory will lead you through laying out a comic and making your own characters to tell your own stories and jokes!

Materials required: A PDF worksheet will be provided, but plain paper, pencils, and pencil crayons will be all you need!

Submit your best knock-knock jokes to our Creativity Club

Sylv Chiang – What’s Your Superpower: Make Your Own Avatar

Friday June 12, 11AM-11:45AM

Sylv Chiang’s Cross Ups series about a young gamer has been nominated coast-to-coast this year for various Children’s Choice Awards
Discover the characters from the Cross Ups series and their superpowers. Then reflect on your passions and learn to recognize your own inner superpower. Participants are encouraged to create their own avatar!

Materials required: A PDF of the “Design Your Own Avatar” handout will be provided, but you can use any paper and whatever you like to draw with (pencil, pencil crayons, markers…)

*Hackmatack (Atlantic Canada), Silver Birch (Ontario) and Red Cedar (B.C.)

Thank you to our event sponsors