Durham County Library's annual Durham Comics Fest will open this week with activities for kids to adults who love comics and graphic novels.
The main event is Saturday at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, where you'll find workshops, presentations, an artist alley and more. But there also are events spread throughout the week - from Wednesday to Sunday.
I checked in with Patrick Holt, an adult services librarian at Southwest Regional and one of the comics fest organizers, about the best events for kids. He recommended a couple of events:
- George O'Connor, the creator of the Greek mythology comics series called "Olympians," (which, Holt tells me, fly off the library's shelves) will be showing kids how to draw Greek gods and goddesses at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Southwest Regional.
- The Local Comics Creator Networking Night at Atomic Empire, 3400 Westgate Dr., No. 14B, Durham, also is a don't-miss event for aspiring artists of all ages, along with professional artists and writers. They can meet each other and see what's going on in the local comics scene. Holt tells me it's a great chance for young cartoonists to meet folks who are working in the field. It's informal - no presentations - just an event designed to build community.
Saturday's event includes a comic book swap from 11 a.m. to noon; a local artists' alley from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and featured artist presentations starting at 1 p.m. It's free. The library's website has a full scheduled and description of the featured guests and artists.