2024 Festival:
October 21–27

35: Graphic Novel Greats (Grades 8–12)

35: Graphic Novel Greats (Grades 8–12)

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The Graphic Novel genre grew by 171% in 2021. With a huge diversity of artwork, storylines, and styles, this exponentially growing sector continues to capture the imaginations of people of all ages. For high school students, three celebrated graphic novelists speak to their popularity, why artwork can often say so much more than words alone, and what excites them about the genre. Nathan Page and Drew Shannon’s The Montague Twins series has been described as “The Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls.” The writer and illustrator duo are joined by Cole Pauls, an Indigenous Voices Award winner, who brings Kwändǖr, celebrating the cultural practices and experiences of Dene and Arctic peoples. Grades 8–12.

Event Participants:

Nathan Page

NATHAN PAGE was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he began writing at an early age. He now lives in Toronto with his cat, Marlowe. The Montague Twins #2: The Devil’s Music is the second volume of his YA mystery series. (ONTARIO)

Cole Pauls

COLE PAULS is a Champagne and Aishihik Citizen and Tahltan comic artist, illustrator, and printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. His graphic novel Kwändǖr celebrates the cultural practices of Dene and Arctic peoples. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Drew Shannon

DREW SHANNON is a Toronto-based illustrator and cartoonist. He loves all things Apollo 11 and recently built a Saturn V rocket with LEGO! He’s the illustrator of The Montague Twins #2: The Devil’s Music, written by Nathan Page. (ONTARIO)