Graphic Novels Galore

Moderator: Izzy Laird

Event Number: 32
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

Graphic Novels Galore

Thursday, Oct 24
10:15am - 11:45am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

When the alchemy is right, smart narratives and dynamic illustrations can come together to tell bold, boundary-defying stories of all stripes—and these acclaimed authors are proof of just that. Pumpkinheads is Eisner Award-winning illustrator Faith Erin Hicks‘ latest work with author Rainbow Rowell, and tells the tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place—and a person—with no regrets. Sean Harris Oliver’s Redpatch confronts the horrors of WWI, as a young Métis soldier travels from Canada to French battlefields. Festival favourite Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me) captures high school heartbreak as a toxic relationship spirals out of control. These storytellers take you behind their panels, sharing their tips and tricks for creating stunning comics and composing harmony across multiple mediums.

About the Moderator:
ella Laird is the Festival Director of the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) who lives on the un-ceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She has an MFA from UBC with a focus in television. Isabella has tabled at Canzine, selling her zines and art prints. Her stage plays have been performed in Festival Dionysia and Brave New Play Rites. 

Event Participants:

Faith Erin Hicks

British Columbia

Faith Erin Hicks is a Vancouver-based writer and artist. Her graphic novels include Zombies Calling, Friends with Boys, the Bigfoot Boy series, the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and the BC Book Prize-winning Nameless City series. Her latest book, Pumpkinheads, a collaboration with acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell, is a tender and hilarious story about two teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place – and a person – with no regrets.

Sean Harris Oliver

British Columbia

Sean Harris Oliver‘s work has appeared throughout Canada and the US in a variety of arts festivals, public readings and theatre productions. As a writer his two most recent scripts have gone on to earn numerous distinctions including being named a finalist for the 2017 Playwright’s Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award for Redpatch, as well as a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nomination for ‘Outstanding New Script’ for The Fighting Season. Oliver is a graduate of Studio 58.

Mariko Tamaki


Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator with Jillian Tamaki of Skim and of Caldecott and Printz Honor book This One Summer. Mariko also writes about superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. She lives in Oakland, California.