Sponsored by Scholastic Canada

Aliens. So many aliens. Aliens on ice. Aliens in the basement. Meet two of Canada’s favourite graphic novelists, J. Torres author of Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game and Dom Pelletier, author of The Lunch Club: It Came From The Basement, as they share their step-by step secrets of how to illustrate and create a graphic novel. Aliens are definitely included.

While we can’t wait to be able to see everyone in person in the future for this season, we’ll be online, which mean 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 these two talented Canadian children’s authors/illustrators. 

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

Our friends at Scholastic Books have provided some fun online activities that you can view and download from their website.

Here is Dom’s series web page for The Lunch Club, with activities at the bottom: View these activities online 
And here are a bunch of fun activities for J.’s Planet Hockey: View these activities online

After watching presentation please take a moment to complete our survey. You will help us make our festival better + have a chance to WIN 2 books & dragonfly stuffie + $50 gift card for a local independent bookseller of your choice!


Families & Children (General Public)

  • WIN STUFF – that’s right, just by registering for the event, you will be entered for a chance to win a swag bag with a copy of J. Torres – Planet Hockey or the Lunch Club by Dom Peletier
  • We’ll be sharing cool content ahead of the event (you’ll be the first to get it!)
  • Free Grab & Go at Westdale HPL – Local Hamilton (and area) residents, our friends at the Hamilton Public Library (HPL) have a very special treat for our pre-registered participants! Grab & Go is as easy as 1…2…3

Schools, Classrooms and Homeschool Organizations take a virtual field trip to Celebrating Graphic Novels!

  • WIN STUFF for your school or classroom! When we register your school or class you are automatically entered for a chance to win a School Swag bag, which includes 3 copies of Planet Hockey and 3 copies of the Lunch club
  • Classroom Content – we’ll be sharing cool stuff that you can use to enhance your virtual field trip in the classroom

Schools & Educators – Register Here
Registration closes end of day Monday June 14

Families & Children (General Public) – Register Here
Registration closes end of day Monday June 14