Durham County Library presents its fifth annual Durham Comics Fest with guests, prizes, workshops and activities for children, teens and adults from Saturday, July 25 to Sunday, July 26 at Southwest Regional Library.
This year’s guest cartoonists include Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Nick Bertozzi (Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey and Lewis & Clark), Jim Ottaviani (Feynman, Primates, and Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards) and Malcolm Goff (Running for Hope: A Novel by the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars). Workshops and presentations will cover cartooning basics, writing and drawing for comics, creating historical fiction and nonfiction comics and self-publishing.
The main event will also feature a comic book swap and local artists’ alley, where guests will be able to meet members of the local comics scene to chat about their process and work. Registration is required for select events. Detailed event information is included below.
The Fest will include a screening of the film She Makes Comics on Sunday, July 26. The film traces the history of women in the comics industry from the medium’s beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day. Contains some adult language and artwork. The screening is made possible by the Durham Library Foundation.
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Comics Fest is made possible by the Friends of the Durham Library. For details and a complete schedule, visit durhamcomicsfest.org or call 919-560-8590.
Sister Cities program
Durham County Library will host the Sister Cities of Durham’s Arusha Committee for a discussion on the history of their relationship with the St. Joseph Secondary School in Arusha, Tanzania at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
The St. Joseph Secondary School is operated by the Archdiocese of Arusha and prepares girls for leadership in their communities. However, the school is unable to access running water on its campus. This has raised Sister Cities of Durham’s Arusha Committee’s awareness of water scarcity and conservation. In September 2014, the Arusha Committee, along with along with the Sister Cities of Durham’s Youth Council and Durham’s Rotary Clubs, began collaborating with the St. Joseph school on a water education and infrastructure repair project for the school.