The Pictures of Adult Life

Moderator: Izzy Laird

Event Number: 67

Free (Pay What You Can)
Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.

The Pictures of Adult Life

Saturday, Oct 26
2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Mental illness and murdering madams might not strike one as obvious subjects for an absorbing graphic novel, but Sarah Leavitt and Teresa Wong test the boundaries of the genre, using it to share stories that are equally surprising, entertaining and moving. A 2019 CBC writer to watch, Wong captures the candid realities of motherhood in Dear Scarlet, an intimate portrait of life with postpartum depression. Internationally acclaimed illustrator Leavitt turns her to pen to one of Canada’s most infamous legends, serial killer Agnes MacVee, in Agnes, Murderess. Sharing their art and their unique processes they speak to the importance of playing with form—and how the graphic novel offers new ways to tell serious stories.

Presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.




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:

Sarah Leavitt

British Columbia

Sarah Leavitt is the author of the graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany, France, and Korea. It was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2010, and is currently in development as a feature-length animation. Her new book, Agnes, Murderess, is horror/historical fiction set in 19th-century British ColumbiaLeavitt teaches comics classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Teresa Wong


Teresa Wong is a Calgary writer who had three children in less than five years. At first, she feared motherhood would destroy her, but is pleasantly surprised to find herself continually remade. When the kids are asleep, she writes and draws pictures. When she is asleep, it’s never for long. Dear Scarlet is her first book.