This has been a hard year, but through it all, there were so many people who were amazingly kind and helpful to me and to my family. I couldn't draw all of them in here, but I hope they know what a difference they've made. This holiday season is all the happier for me, because of you. Thanks everyone and happy holidays to all of you!
Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister for the Status of Women, was in Calgary yesterday and I was fortunate enough to get to listen in on her conversation with some local business leaders. What a great opportunity to hear about ways in which Canadian women entrepreneurs (like... yours truly) can be provided with the resources they need. So of course I took notes.
It is a bit hard to make out the details in the image, so here's an experiment - I made the image into a "Prezi," which converts it into a format that allows you to zoom in really close. I've seen this technology before (and was interested to discover it comes from Hungary!), but this is my first attempt at using it. Let me know if this works (in case it doesn't, a plain old-fashioned version of the picture follows). It certainly seems like this would be handy when it comes to viewing complicated text-heavy graphic recording images just like the ones I'm always drawing!
Earlier this year I did some graphic recording at a symposium put together by the City of Edmonton and Edmonton's Urban Development Institute. I just came across some pictures taken by the event photographer, David Rauch (take a look here to see them. They are great!) I'm going to put some up here because I actually don't have any pictures of that poster and I enjoyed remembering how much fun this was to draw. Thanks for posting these pictures, David!!
P.S. Looking at David Rauch's photographs leads me to discover that he seems to be the man behind the very cool OpenPianoYEG, "Edmonton's first outdoor public piano project" (of which more here). Wow! I love this idea. And I know of an old upright piano which needs a home soon... or else! Could this kind of thing happen in Calgary? Is this a project for "find it" (of Inglewood & Ramsay pop-up event notoriety)? Oh... I'd better get to sleep before I start getting too inspired by all the possibilities! More soon!
It's about time I posted these long-overdue comics, written for my community newsletter. This is something I've been doing for almost three years now, but I think it's the end of an era - time for me to find another way I can contribute to my community. After all, there are so many things going on - the Community Association, Ramsay School, our amazing skating rink... Or maybe I should just walk around taking pictures of doors in the neighbourhood?
Yes, I actually did that a few days ago... but that's another story. Meanwhile, here are the comics!
I am a graphic recorder based in Calgary. I like local stories. I write comics when I have free time. And I leave eraser shavings everywhere I go.
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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