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Comics Fest in Durham offers workshops, activities for aspiring comic book authors

Posted May 16, 2012

Aspiring comic book authors and fans of graphic novels should head over to the Southwest Regional Library in Durham this weekend for the second annual Comics Fest.

The two-day event features workshops, guests, book signings, activities and prizes for all ages. It's from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, at the library at 3605 Shannon Rd.

“We’re especially happy to have doubled our guests for children and young adults from last year’s program, and to continue to set young readers on the path to writing and drawing their own comics,” said Comics Fest organizer Amy Godfrey, manager of Southwest Regional Library’s Children’s Unit, in a press release. Godfrey leads comics workshops at the library for children, whose work is posted here.

Events include a comics storytelling workshop at 1 p.m., Saturday, featuring Mark Crilley, an author and artist of several series including Miki Falls, Brody's Ghost and the Akiko books. He'll perform live drawing demonstrations, read from his graphic novels and give advice to aspiring comic book creators about everything from story ideas to editing.

For kids ages 6 to 12, Willow Dawson, author and artist of Lil and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club and No Girls Allowed, will talk about creating reality-based characters. The workshop, at 3 p.m., Saturday, is designed to inspire reluctant readers and writers.

And there's more, including a discussion best for young adults and adults. For details, go to the 2012 Comics Fest website or call 919-560-8590.

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