Happenings: Darkness and Light, Celebrating Graphic Novels in Halifax – March 27, 2010

Darkness & Light, a day-long celebration of graphic novels, will feature a presentation by industry-icon Kyle Baker. “Kyle is a huge name in the field of graphic novels and we’re so excited that he’s coming to Halifax for this. He has received both the Harvey and the Eisner Awards, two of the comic book industry’s highest honours,” said Sarah.

The other speakers for the graphic novel camp are Canadian talents Mike Holmes, Kate Beaton, Rebecca Kraatz and Faith Erin Hicks. Mike Holmes is an author and illustrator working in Halifax who just published the nonfiction graphic novel This American Drive. Kate Beaton won the 2009 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in Canadian comics and graphic novels. Faith Erin Hicks is the author of Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere.

Rebecca Kraatz’s comic book House of Sugar won the 2007 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. “The library has helped me discover many graphic novels and comic artists that I would not normally have found on my own. I discovered there is great variety in both the subject matter and the drawing styles. It is a great resource and the growing interest in this art form is encouraging. I’m looking forward to participating in the graphic novel camp. I think everyone has a story to tell,” said Rebecca.

Darkness & Light will take place on Saturday, March 27 at Halifax North. Mike Holmes starts the day off at 10:30 a.m., followed by a panel at 1 p.m. with Kate Beaton, Rebecca Kraatz and Faith Erin Hicks. Kyle Baker will speak at 2:45 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and Strange Adventures Comic Bookshops.

Graphic novels are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional books for readers of all ages. This day-long celebration will introduce you to local and international graphic novel artists. Co-sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and Strange Adventures Comic Bookshops.

Halifax North Public Library
2285 Gottingen Street
Saturday, March 27

10:30 a.m. — Mike Holmes
Mike Holmes is an author and illustrator working in Halifax. He’s produced a number of graphic novels; his most recent is called This American Drive. His weekly comic strip, True Story appears in The Coast.

1 p.m. — Panel with Kate Beaton, Rebecca Kraatz & Faith Erin Hicks
Kate Beaton, author of Never Learn Anything from History, won the 2009 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in Canadian comics and graphic novels. She is also the author of the online comic Hark! A Vagrant.

Rebecca Kraatz’s comic book House of Sugar won the 2007 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in Canadian comics and graphic novels. Her upcoming graphic novel is entitled Snaps.

Faith Erin Hicks is the author of Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere. She is currently writing and drawing Friends with Boys, to be published by First Second Books.

2:45 p.m. — Kyle Baker
Kyle Baker has received both the Harvey and the Eisner Awards, two of the comic book industry’s highest honours. He is the creator of the groundbreaking graphic novels The Cowboy Wally Show and Why I Hate Saturn. Kyle has worked for DC, Marvel, Disney, The Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers and HBO. He is the author of 15 graphic novels and the art instruction manual, How to Draw Stupid. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Esquire, Spin, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Village Voice and more. Kyle is currently working on a graphic novel biography of President Obama.