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Celebrating Graphic Novels

“Unlock Your Own Story”

Telling Tales is kicking off its 2020 festival season with a first-time online event. In an ode to Graphic Novels, three of Canada’s favourite author/illustrators will host interactive and informative online workshops, available to HWCDSB students on the myClass LMS platform on June 10, 11 and 12.

Participants will learn practical tools and strategies for creating characters, illustrations and storytelling while watching and interacting with presenters.

Information will be posted on myClass closer to the date. In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendar – these workshops are too good to miss!

Learn more at Telling Tales.


“Doodling, Noodling, and Oodles of Comic Advice”
Kevin Sylvester
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 11:00-11:45 am

Fans of Neil Flambé and Gargantuan Jr will recognize award-winning writer and illustrator Kevin Sylvester’s work. His upcoming series, The Hockey Super Six (Book 1 out in September), is even more picked-packed. Kevin will lead an interactive workshop on how to design your very own comic. He’ll start with character designs based on shapes, then head all the way to laying out a page of action! Watch as Kevin creates, doodle along and unleash your inner artist!

Materials required (optional): paper, pencil, pencil crayons, pen


“Knock Knock Jokes”
Tory Woollcott
Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 1:30-2:15 pm

Learn how to make your own comic strips with writer and cartoonist Tory Woollcott! Using knock-knock jokes as the base of a comic, Tory will lead you through laying out a comic and making your own characters tell your own stories and jokes!

Materials required: A PDF worksheet will be provided, but plain paper, pencils and pencil crayons will be all you need

Submit your best knock-knock jokes to Telling Tales’ Creativity Club.


“What’s Your Superpower: Make Your Own Avatar”
Syl Chiang
Friday, June 12, 2020 – 11:00-11:45 am

Sylvia Chiang’s Cross Ups series about a young gamer has been nominated coast-to-coast this year for various Children’s Choice Awards. Discover the characters from the Cross Ups series and their superpowers. Then reflect on your passions and learn to recognize your own inner superpower. Participants are encouraged to create their own avatar!

Materials required: A PDF of the “Design Your Own Avatar” handout will be provide, but you can use any paper and whatever drawing materials you prefer (pencil, pencil crayons, markers, etc.)

One of Canada's favourite author/illustrators Kevin Sylvester kicks off this year's Telling Tales Literacy Festival.
One of Canada's favourite author/illustrators Kevin Sylvester kicks off this year's Telling Tales Literacy Festival.

Celebrating Graphic Novels
Celebrating Graphic Novels
Celebrating Graphic Novels