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Events around Wellington City Libraries
Dissent and the First World War
Thursday 4:00pm (31 August)
Labour History Project (LHP) - New Zealand, Wellington
An Evening with Dr Jane Goodall - Wellington
Monday 6:00pm (26 June)
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
Yoga Nidra (June) - a guided deep relaxation
Friday 6:00pm (02 June)
Empower Studio, Wellington
Mack-Attack Photo Tour in Wellington!
Saturday 10:00am (10 June)
Venus Starr's School Of Burlesque & Aerial Arts Wellington NZ, Wellington
Wellington Jazz Festival - Só Samba present Samba-Jazz
Saturday 9:00pm (10 June)
Leroy's Bar, Wellington
Dance For Debutantes at DIY Burleskiwi
Sunday 1:00pm (18 June)
Studio L'amour Wellington, Wellington
When?Start time: Saturday 9:30am (06 May)
End time: Saturday 4:30pm (06 May)
Wellington City Libraries and GRAPHIC comic store are joining forces to celebrate International Free Comic Book Day. From workshops and panel discussions with leading cartoonists, to costume and drawing competitions, exhibitions and free comic giveaways - there's something for comic lovers of all ages!
9.30am onwards Free Comic Book Day
Sponsored by GRAPHIC comics
Grab some free comics from us and chat comics with our librarians at the Central Library!
Comics from all different publishers and for all age ranges are included in the selections, so there will be something for everyone. Thanks to Graphic for providing us with all the awesome free comics!
Comic drawing competition
On Free Comic Book Day, come to the library and draw a comic story using just 4 panels and you could win an armful of comics! Feel free to come to Sarah Laing's character creation workshop on Saturday morning for inspiration. Entry forms available from Central Library on the day. All ages and drawing levels welcome.
Comics go to school
Sponsored by The Ministry of Education
Over the course of its hundred-year history, the School Journal has included work from New Zealand's greatest authors and illustrators. In recent times, this has included comics from the likes of Dylan Horrocks, Ant Sang, and Andrew Burdan. Visit the Central Library to view a few highlights, new and old, in the lead up to ComicFest.
10am–11.00 Workshop: Comics character development workshop with Sarah Laing
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/137132863488700/
Mezzanine Meeting Room, Central Library
Sponsored by Wellington City Libraries
Who's going to star in your comic? A superhero, a cybernaut, a talking sausage or a kid like you? Come to this comics workshop and we'll work on your character, from its backstory to the way it's drawn. Bring your own pens and pencils, and we'll have mountains of paper. Work on different expressions and poses, experimenting with line weight and form. We'll put them in some tricky situations to see how their story plays out in panels. All drawing levels welcome!
10.30am–11.30am National Library: From where we started: Reading New Zealand's comic history
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1026716560796884/
Session held at the National Library (Douglas Lilburn room, Level 1) to enable access to heritage collections
Sponsored by Alexander Turnbull library
The Alexander Turnbull Library collects New Zealand's documentary heritage and is home to a comic treasure trove. From early newspaper strips and children's annuals, through to contemporary graphic novels and zines, the Library offers a window into this unique and fascinating part of our history.
Join research librarian Hannah Benbow for a hands on look at almost a century of New Zealand comics.
11am-12noon Thunderbirds Are Go: Re-imagining the much loved brand for a new audience
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/459534584377978/
Sponsored by Pukeko Pictures
Ben Milsom, Production Designer and Episodic Director for Thunderbirds Are Go takes you through the process of re-imagining the 1960's classic for a new generation. Ben will guide you through the unique production process of this multi-media (CGI animation with live action miniature sets) series paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the classic series.
Ben will showcase the inspiration taken from the original series and discuss how Thunderbirds Are Go was brought to life in animation, toys and comics through slides and video and present an opportunity to have your questions answered with a Q&A section. All attendees of this presentation go in to a draw to win a family pass to the Miniatures Stage Tour: Thunderbirds Are Go from Weta Studio Tours.
12noon–1pm Panel: Creating graphic novels with Sarah Laing and Dylan Horrocks
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/387941434924078/
Sponsored by NZ Book Council
Both Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing have authored popularly received and well regarded long form graphic novels including recent publications 'Mansfield and Me,' and 'Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.'
This informal, personal conversation will highlight the creative process involved in making a graphic novel, but also examine publishing, the graphic novel format and comics in New Zealand.
1pm–1.30 Cosplay competition
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1318101544943402/
Sponsored by Unity books
Dress up as your favourite character for a shot at a comic prize! There are prizes for all categories, including children, teens and adults.
1.30pm–2.30pm Panel: A Wellington view – Local Cartoonists
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/428849637465120/
What's it like to be making comics in NZ? Join us for a discussion between local Wellington comic artists Jem Yoshioka, Giselle Clarkson and Sally Bollinger about their unique experiences making comics about life, nature, tradition, culture, and doing all this from Wellington.
Moderated by Robyn Kenealy.
2.30pm–3.30pm Workshop: Taking your comics to the next level, with Dylan Horrocks
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/403466333359590/
Sponsored by NZ Book Council
Gather up your comics (or that graphic novel plan) and bring them along to the Central library for a sit-down chat with Dylan. This is a chance to examine your ideas and process, to share ideas and techniques and to take things to the next level. Limited to 10 participants. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
3.30pm–4.30pm Panel: Should we all be writing political comics?
Sponsored by Alexander Turnbull library
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/189332011573956/
In spite of their subject matter, artistic responses to Trump and the current political climate have been witty, elegant, colourful and empowering. Join a group of panellists including Sam Orchard, Grant Buist and Toby Morris to discuss how they have responded to recent events in their work, and the ongoing power of comics to satirise and protest. Panel discussion moderated by Hannah Benbow.
All events are free and unless stated open to participants of all ages.