ComicFest 2019 — Saturday programme
Wellington City Libraries, the National Library and GRAPHIC comic store are joining forces to celebrate international Free Comic Book Day at the National Library, Molesworth St, Wellington. We’re delighted to be able to host this popular Wellington City Library event.
- Date: Saturday, 4 May, 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm
Free. Some booking may be required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
- Contact Details:
4 May All Day | Free Comic Book Day | CoNZealand Area | Drawing competition| (Te Ahumairangi Foyer)
9:00am onwards | Free Comic Book Day
Grab some free comics from us and chat comics with our librarians at the National 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 free comics, and book sales of local cartoonists on the day!
Sponsored by Graphic comics
CoNZealand, 78th World Science Fiction Convention Area
Come and talk to the crew of CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, and find out how you can join in the fun between 29 July and 2 August 2020, when SF and Fantasy authors from all over the world, including Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon and George R.R. Martin, will land right here in Wellington.
Drawing Competition: Can You Comicify That?
Come to the library and draw a ‘comicified’ version of your favourite character from a book, movie or TV show! Submit it to our drawing competition and be in to win a bunch of awesome prizes, or bring it to the Zine Crafting Table and learn how to turn it into your very own homemade comic! Entry forms available from the National Library during ComicFest. All ages and drawing levels welcome.
9:00am – 10:00am | Tea Dragon Workshop with Katie O’Neill (Workshop)
Kids (and big kids!) are welcome to join author of The Tea Dragon series Katie O’Neill in creating some new species of Tea Dragons based on suggestions from the audience. Feathers or scales? Wings or horns? And most importantly, what type of tea will they be? There will also be a demonstration by Katie of how she creates the colourful pages of her graphic novels. Please contact email@example.com to reserve a place at this limited entry, free event. (Programme Rooms)
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10:00am – 10:30am | Kids Cosplay!
It’s May the fourth, so here’s your chance to dress up as your favourite Jedi, Robot or Sith Lord! Or come along as your favourite comic’s character to get lots of spot prizes, free comics from Unity books or a Weta Cave Workshop tour pass! Limited to children up to the age of 12, free entry. No weapons, or military cosplay please. (Te Ahumairangi Foyer)
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10:30am – 11:30am | Comics Masterclass with Ant Sang (Workshop)
Join cartoonist creator, Ant Sang, of award-winning comic Shaolin Burning, and recently released graphic novel Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas, for a workshop covering some of the fundamentals of comic storytelling. Should I use a close-up or wide shot? Big or small panel? How do I make a story that readers can’t put down?! All these questions will be answered, and more… Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place at this limited entry, free event. (Programme Rooms)
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11:30am -12:30pm | The Future of Storytelling : A Look Inside the Art of Dr Grordbort’s Invaders (Presentation)
Did you know that Weta Workshop develops mixed reality games? Using the comic books of Dr. Grordbort’s, their gaming studio released Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, available exclusively on Magic Leap. Weta Workshop’s Senior Artist, Jesse Barrett, delves into the challenges of expressing the world of Dr. Grordbort’s in a whole new medium and the solutions they uncovered while working within mixed reality. Learn which key elements Weta Workshop’s artists look for when translating from one medium to another and how to retain the vibe of an original source material. Attend this presentation and be in with a chance of winning a Weta Cave Workshop Tour pass. (Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium)
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12:40pm -1:40pm | The Ascent of Children’s Comics (Panel Discussion)
There are more amazing comics made for children’s and young adult audiences than ever, aimed at diverse audiences across every age group. Join Eisner award-winning cartoonists, Roger Langridge and Katie O’Neill, New Zealand Post Book Award Winning author, Ant Sang, Giselle Clarkson from, ‘The Sapling,’ and cartoonist-chair Sarah Laing, as they discuss the growing phenomena of children’s and young adult comics internationally, and in New Zealand. (Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium)
12:40pm -1:40pm| Comic Zine Crafting Table (Workshop)
Want to learn how to make and publish your own homemade comics? Check out some of the comic zines from the Wellington City Library zine collection made by local comic artists, and learn how to make your own with the volunteers of Wellington Zinefest at our crafting table. All ages welcome.
1:50pm – 2:35pm | Digital Comics Demo with Michel Mulipola (Presentation)
Join comic book artist and illustrator Michel Mulipola, as he demonstrates digital tools whilst drawing live (and live streaming) on the big screen! Bring pen and paper, and join in with Michel as he provides story-telling tips, panel composition ideas and illustration guidance. All welcome! (Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium)
Sponsored by Wellington City Libraries
2:45pm – 3:45pm | Stories from Aotearoa / New Zealand (Panel Discussion)
What is a New Zealand comic (and who’s reading them)? How do we foster and celebrate diversity in comics? What stories aren’t being told? And what can we learn from New Zealand’s cartooning history? Join Jem Yoshioka, Paul Diamond, Alex Cara and Ross Murray to hear their perspectives on New Zealand cartooning in 2019. Discussion chaired by Hannah Benbow, cartoon and comics librarian at the National Library, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. (Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium)
Sponsored by the New Zealand Cartoon Archive
3:55pm -4:55pm | Perspectives on the Cartooning Life (Panel Discussion)
The physical and digital world of comics creation and publishing has changed massively in recent years. What are the ways a cartoonist can succeed, and sustain a modern career in comics and cartoons? Join award-winning cartoonists, Sharon Murdoch, Michel Mulipola, Roger Langridge, and chair Dylan Horrocks as they discuss their brilliant careers, comics today and their views on the future of cartooning (Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium)
Sponsored by Creative New Zealand