Graphic Novels: For Sale in the ESA Library

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner… as is TCAF – the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

  • In honour of all things graphic…  tomorrow morning, Wednesday May 3rd…  the book sale bin on the upper level of the Library will feature a selection of brand new graphic novels…  nothing more than $2.
  • The Library will also be giving away 25 Free Comic Book Day comic bundles on Friday morning…  to the first 25 people who come to the ESA Library looking for them.

 

While we’ve got your attention…  a reminder that:

To celebrate TCAF and Free Comic Book Day, the ESA Library is holding a contest… and three lucky winners will walk away with a Free Comic Book on Friday May 5th.

The grand prize is an Uncorrected Proof copy of Jeff Lemire’s just released Roughnecks… complete with a personal dedication (to the ESA Library) and a quick sketch of the author, drawn by the author himself, when he signed the book for me (Ms. Wray) at my Library Conference earlier this year.

This contest is ONLY open to students (sorry Staff, Parents and Grads… not this time around).

Free Comic Book Day: Saturday May 6th

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner… as is TCAF – the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

To celebrate, the ESA Library is holding a contest… and three lucky winners will walk away with a Free Comic Book on Friday May 5th.

The grand prize is an Uncorrected Proof copy of Jeff Lemire’s just released Roughnecks… complete with a personal dedication (to the ESA Library) and a quick sketch of the author, drawn by the author himself, when he signed the book for me (Ms. Wray) at my Library Conference earlier this year.

This contest is ONLY open to students (sorry Staff, Parents and Grads… not this time around).

November is (also) Aboriginal Education Month

Charlie Wenjack is perhaps the most well-known representative of the horrors of residential schools. Charlie was taken from his family and placed into a residential school at age nine. In 1966, at age twelve, he told his friends he missed his family and managed to escape from the school. He attempted to walk from the residential school in Kenora, Ontario, back to his home in Ogoki Post, more than 600 kilometres away. Charlie managed to walk 60 kilometres away from the school, wearing only a windbreaker and carrying a jar of matches. He survived thirty-six hours in freezing rain, snow, and below freezing temperatures, before dying of hunger and exposure, alone next to railroad tracks. Charlie’s death prompted nationwide outcry and an inquest into his death found that residential schools were culturally oppressive and emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive to the victims. Many residential schools were defunded and shut down in the years following Charlie’s death and Charlie himself has become a symbol of resistance to the colonization of Indigenous peoples in Canada. (Sourced from The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Two recently published books shine a light on Charlie:

You might also take a moment to watch the newest Heritage Minute… all about Charlie.

ComiCon is here!

Thank you to everyone who has Pre-Registered for our big day!

Check in at the Registration Desk in the Main Foyer starting at 3:30pm to get your ComiCon badge – you must be wearing it to enter workshops – and collect your other goodies.

If you have not already done so, please refer to the Event Rules, as well as the Props and Weapons Policy which were sent out via e-mail and text message yesterday.

Lastly…  get a sneak peak at the official programme for tonight.

 

ComiCon Countdown

ComiCon is coming next Wednesday, October 26th!  ESA’s Comic Comet!  Everyone is invited to attend: Students, staff and parents.

The event is free, but space is limited, so pre-register to guarantee your spot.  You can pre-register anytime in the LIbrary, or at lunch in the Foyer…  or online using this Google Form (Pre-registration went live the morning of Oct 19th).

  • We’re also looking for volunteers – staff, students and parents – to help out the night of.
  • If you are interested and able to help out, please fill out this Google Form to advise.
  • Thanks to those who have already volunteered.

THE AGENDA… Wednesday October 26th

  • 3:30pm Registration
    Main Foyer
  • 4:00pm   Welcome and Keynote
    Library: Willow Dawson
  • 4:30pm Workshop session 1
    Library: Willow Dawson
    Mini Theatre: Brian McLachlan
  • 5:30pm Workshop session 2
    Library: Tory Woolcott
    Mini-Theatre: Kean Soo
  • 6:30pm Dinner…  basic pizza (or similar) to be provided
    Cafeteria (food service)
    Library: Games
    MiniTheatre: CosPlay
  • 7:15pm Workshop session 3
    Library: Zine Workshop (led by ESA students and grads)
    Mini Theatre: CosPlay
  • 8:15pm Final wrap-up
    Library

Participating authors:

Willow Dawson

  • Multiple award winning author of titles including The Wolf-Birds and Hyena in Petticoats.
  • Willow will lead a workshop in which she discusses the challenges and joys of writing biography, autobiography and memoir graphic novels.
  • This presentation includes personal stories and anecdotes, including how she found her voice and became an author and illustrator.

Brian McLachlan

  • Multiple award winning author of Draw Out The Story: Ten Secrets To Creating Your Own Comics. 
  • Brian’s workshop will begin with a quick intro to how comics are a combination of showing + telling, and then delve more deeply into character design.
  • There will be lots of audience interaction in this workshop.

Kean Soo

  • Author and illustrator of Jellaby and March Grand Prix.
  • Kean will be leading a workshop about the process of making comics, with a focus on storytelling techniques.
  • There’s will be lots of audience interaction in this workshop.

Tory Woolcott

  • Author of the graphic novel memoir Mirror Mind, which recounts her experiences growing up with dyslexia.
  • Tory will conduct a writing workshop that builds a story (that can be used for comics, prose, video games, film, etc.) from the ground up, creating a protagonist and antagonist and a 5-act structure.

Gotta Love Controversy! Challenged Books 2015

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 6.09.08 AM

From the folks at BookRiot:  The Most Challenged Books of 2015.  See the list here.

Proud to say that we have all but two of them in the ESA Library:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey (won’t be coming to the Library any time soon)
  • I am Jazz (I’m definitely going to have to consider a purchase!!)