The Panel One Comic Creator Festival, or #P1CCF, is a celebration and exhibition of homegrown Canadian comic creators and their work. Join us for the festivities including: make-your-own comics for kids, creative art and writing workshops as well as the opportunity to support your local comic and sequential arts community. Admission is $5, $2 with a non-perishable food donation and kids 12 and under are free.
The venue is Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre. 1320 5th Ave NW. Which is in Kensington, a stones throw from Another Dimension Comics store on 14th. Doors open from 12pm till 7pm.
Watch this space and keep an eye on the Facebook event for frequent updates as we get closer to the big day!
- A list of creators exhibiting at the festival
Are you ready for Panel One Comic Creator Festival? We’re going to start showcasing the creators who will be at the festival! First up is Chelsea Crutchley!
Inspired by traveling and a childhood full of books, Chelsea enrolled in the Alberta College of Art + Design to learn how to bring stories to life. After graduating, it was time to decide which story to tell. Her current project is Stray Sod, combining Irish folklore with the journey of a self-indulgent teen who must leave her comfort zone to find the missing sister she can’t forgive. Will she learn the empathy she needs to navigate the world of Irish fae and bring peace to her family? Pick up an issue at the festival!
It’s time to share more bios of writers and artists who will be exhibiting their work at the Panel One Comic Creator Festival! Here’s Joey Gruszecki!
Joey writes things. Some of them are pretty good. The ones you can buy are called Midnight Feature (anthology of horrors with artists Matthew McGuigan and Hyde Forsythe), Space is the Place (crazy scifi madness with artist Rob Gruszecki) and The Secret Circus (a storybook, you know… for kids! with artist Nicole Gruszecki).
Next up on the list of the creators we have coming to the Panel One Comic Creator Festival, it’s time to meet Nicole Gruszecki
Nicole draws and paints things! These things include (but are not limited to) The Secret Circus (children’s storybook with writer Joey Gruszecki) and Stan (comic about hell’s janitor with writer Rob Gruszecki). All these can be yours at #P1CCF
- Workshop information
SO! You’ve seen bios of some of the talented people who will be at this fantastic debut festival on Saturday – now it’s time for some workshop information! We have a full day planned, and hope to see you there 🙂
Graphic Recording Workshop by Sam Hester
Visuals promote learning and engagement! That’s the idea behind graphic recording, a worldwide discipline that’s gaining popularity here in Alberta.
Graphic recorders and graphic facilitators create compelling visual maps of live events that draw in your eye and make you want to learn more!
Learn some basic visual notetaking skills from local practitioner Sam Hester. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional artist or can’t draw stick people – this is truly for everyone. Whether you’d like to learn about working in this field, or you’re wondering how your organization might be able to use this tool, this unique workshop is for you!
For more about graphic recording, see Sam Hester’s website:www.the23rdstory.com
Makin’ Comics! with Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson, artist of Wolf Hands and Fight Comics!, takes you through his comic makin’ process, from script to pencils to colours to publishing! Using writing and visual examples from past work, it’s a crash course in how to make your dreams of making comics a reality, or provide some insight on how to tighten up your current process. Filled with hot tips and cheap laughs, this workshop is intended to educate and inspire to get everyone makin’ comics in their own special way!
Mini Zine Workshop with Stacey Bru
During the 45 minute mini-zine workshop, you will learn how to format, fold, and copy 2 different types of mini zine! This class also features a variety of topics, including but not limited to: distribution, binding methods, and zine history! Stacey and her assistant, Trevor, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process! All you need to bring are your ideas and any special art supplies you may wish to use. Paper, pens, and staples will be provided.
Cover Composition with Riley Rossmo
One more workshop to tell you about 🙂 And don’t worry – times will be up in the next day or so, we’re just setting all that in stone. In the meantime –
Cover Composition with Riley Rossmo!
“Your cover matters.” So says Seth Godin regarding books, going on to say that if the cover didn’t matter, you could simply email the story out to readers. Of course in comics and graphic novels, the art is the story just as much as the words are and the cover is no exception. A good cover can catch someone’s eye, but a great cover can draw someone in to the story at a glance.
Using inking brushes and washes, Riley will open artists up to the creative challenge of cover composition. Over the hour, attendees will have the opportunity to work closely with Riley on their own piece. Riley’s work includes Constantine: The Hellblazer, Drumhellar, Rasputin and recently, Batman #52.
- Panel Discussions
We are pleased to announce the schedule of workshops and panels that will be taking place this Saturday at the Panel One Comic Creator Festival! Come on down to Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association and join us for some of these exciting events!
1:00 – 2:00pm Graphic Recording Workshop with Sam Hester
2:30 – 3:30pm Mini Zine Workshop with Stacey Bru
4:00 – 5:00pm Makin’ Comics with Nick Johnson
5:30 – 6:30pm Cover Composition with Riley Rossmo
13:30-14:30 – Comics & Criticism: The dialogue between creators
and their readers hosted by Jason Mehmel
What are the roles of reviewers, critics and academics as it relates to being a comics creator? Discussion will differentiate between what is useful criticism and what isn’t, as well as the current landscape of criticism.
15:30-16:30 – Plot vs Theme hosted by Joey Gruszecki & Ryan Ferrier
Should you focus on weaving a greater meaning into your story, or leave that up to the reader? How can different types/formats of comics affect the plot and the theme? Come chat with some of Panel One’s talented creators about the task and art of writing comics.
17:00-18:00 – Superheroes: Bridge or Barrier to new readers?
hosted by Jason Mehmel
The superhero story is the backbone of the current comics business model, often the gateway for many of its current creators and readers, and connected to the huge pop culture movie machine! Yet the substantial history of these characters can often dissuade new readers. We’ll discuss how to engage (or not) as a creator in the genre, as well as cover the appeal and issues surrounding superheroes.