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Durham County Library Presents Durham Comics Fest

Program: Durham Comics Fest
Date: July 6 – 10
Time: 6 p.m. (July 6); 7 p.m. (July 8); 11 a.m. (July 9); 3 p.m. (July 10)
Location: Atomic Empire, 3400 Westgate Dr. #14B (July 6); Cocoa Cinnamon, 420 W. Geer St. (July 8); Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd. (July 9 – 10)
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required for select programs

About: Durham County Library presents Durham Comics Fest this July 6 through 10. Durham Comics Fest is an annual, all-ages celebration of comics and graphic novels, with an emphasis on supporting a community of comics readers and creators. The main event is on Saturday, July 9 at Southwest Regional Library (3605 Shannon Rd.) featuring workshops, presentations, and an artist alley, with additional events throughout the week. For the full Durham Comics Fest schedule and workshop registration, visit durhamcomicsfest.org.

To start off the festival, professional, amateur and aspiring comics artists are invited to attend the first-ever Local Comics Creator Networking Night at Atomic Empire (3400 Westgate Dr. #14B) on Wednesday, July 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet fellow creators, show off and trade your work (no sales please), catch up with the Durham Comics Project and make our local comics scene even better. All ages, skill levels and genres welcome. All attendees can enter to win an Atomic Empire gift card. This event is co-sponsored by Atomic Empire and the Durham Comics Project.

The next event is Drink & Draw on Friday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Cocoa Cinnamon (420 W. Geer St.). Join the Durham Comics Project for low-key, cooperative drawing exercises or do your own thing in a no-pressure, all-fun environment with other artists, plus a visit from the Bulkogi Korean BBQ food truck. All ages and skill levels welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Durham Comics Project and Cocoa Cinnamon.

The all-day main event is Saturday, July 9 at Southwest Regional Library and kicks off with a Comic Book Swap from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Hang out with fellow comics lovers and trade your way to a new collection. From 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. there will be a Local Artists’ Alley—meet members of the local comics scene to chat about their process and their work. Featured artists will run presentations starting at 1:00 p.m. George O’Connor, creator of the Olympians series, will offer a presentation on how to draw Zeus, Hera and more. This hour-long program is open to kids, teens and parents; no registration required. Book sale and signing afterwards. Or join Keith Knight, award-winning creator of Th(ink) and the K Chronicles, to improve your cartooning skills and get practical advice from a working professional cartoonist at “10 Things to Make You a Better Cartoonist.” This event is for adults and teens ages 15 and up, and registration is required. Register online at durhamcomicsfest.org.

“Comics Basics Workshop with George O’Connor” is later in the day on Saturday, July 9 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., also at Southwest Regional Library. Learn the elements of comics with a behind-the-scenes tour of O’Connor’s process, and create a one-page story to take home. Open to children ages 8 to 14; registration is required. Register online at durhamcomicsfest.org.

Plan to attend “Funny Business with Keith Knight and Eric Knisley” on Saturday, July 9 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library. Keith Knight and Eric Knisley, local artist and cartoonist extraordinaire, will have a conversation on their decades of experience creating humor comics in print, online, and beyond. This presentation is geared for adults and teens, but kids are welcome. Book sale and signing afterwards.

Come back to Southwest Regional Library on Sunday, July 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a screening of the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson. In the documentary, filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder explores what makes Calvin & Hobbes such a landmark in the world of newspaper comic strips, with appearances from Keith Knight, Stephen Pastis, Berkley Breathed and more. This event will feature an in-person Q&A with Keith Knight about the influence of Calvin & Hobbes. Learn more about the film at dearmrwatterson.com. This film screening is made possible by the Durham Library Foundation.

Durham Comics Fest is made possible by Friends of the Durham Library, Durham Library Foundation, Atomic Empire, Cocoa Cinnamon and Durham Comics Project. For more information, visit durhamcomicsfest.org or contact Patrick Holt at pdholt@dconc.gov or 919-560-8648.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Contact: Matthew Clobridge
919-560-0128 or mclobridge@dconc.gov

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