The team at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo asked me to be part of a pretty fun project this year: doing some graphic recording at a panel interview with the "Queens of Darkness" from hit TV series Once Upon a Time. That was a lightning-fast job for me - I often work all day on a graphic recording poster, but this was a 45-minute-long talk in a giant space! I'll post some more about this when the Expo madness is over, but for now, here are a few pictures of the poster - which was donated to the Expo Charity Auction and purchased by a huge fan of the show!
I took some notes during Stephanie Chan's panel on "Women Into Comics." It was a pretty engaged audience... and the discussion took a whole bunch of unexpected turns.
It was great to hear from Stephanie, as well as other panels Brittney Leblanc, Mary Arroz, Kara Swanson and Erin Millar. Hope this isn't too small to read! The whole image is here, followed by some closer-ups which I hope are not too small to read.
I am so NOT ready for this year's Expo. Somehow two kids and a full time job got in the way of things this year. But, I'm here! We'll just make things up as we go along. For now, here's what I've got:
1. A new compilation of comics about life in my neighbourhood - Ramsay. Special for the Expo! Come take a look, local comics fans (and fans of local comics)! This is the cover:
And, well, I do have a couple of other things up my sleeve, but I think that will have to wait. Sleep is more important right now! See you soon!
A quick update! Things are always busy around here these days and I just don't have as much time to post things on this blog. The good news is, I have been working on so many cool projects, so one of these days if I ever have the chance, there will be some really fun pictures to look at here. Meanwhile, I just thought I'd post this one short series of pictures about... you guessed it, my neighbourhood, Ramsay.
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo is coming up soon (April 16 - 19th)! I will be there (in Artist Alley), and I have been putting together a little book of the comics I drew about Ramsay for my community newsletter over the past three years. You can see those here. But I also included a few new things, too.
For example - the drawings I'm posting here were part of a project I worked on a couple of months ago. Swerve Magazine published a few artistic maps of Calgary neighbourhoods, and my contribution was a Ramsay map. These extra drawings were meant as "pop-ups" that you could see when you clicked on the map. Enjoy!
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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