ComicFest 2024: Livestream

ComicFest - 4 May 2024While much of the fun of ComicFest 2024 is soaking up the buzz and excitement of being at a fabulous live event, we do realise that some people sadly can’t make it along but would still like to take part. Have no fear, we will be livestreaming the panels so that you can watch the event from the comfort of your home, wherever you are in Aotearoa.

All you need to do visit our livestream link here on May 4th to watch the proceedings.

Full details of the programme, including timings, are available here.

WCL eBook Club celebrates ComicFest 2024

The Observologist on Libby

One of the most popular non-fiction books recently is The Observologist by artist and writer Giselle Clarkson, a captivating book that has quickly become a firm favourite of children and adults alike. It has continued to be featured in bestseller lists, both here and abroad, since its release and is one of our most heavily borrowed and reserved titles here at the library.

Giselle Clarkson is coincidently one of the many guests taking part in our celebration of all things comic and graphic related, the extravaganza that is ComicFest 2024! For full details and to reserve your spot at any of the free ComicFest events, including a live panel with The Observologist creator Giselle Clarkson, visit our ComicFest website here.

To celebrate both the book and ComicFest 2024, we are offering access to an unlimited number of downloads of The Observologist as our eBook club pick of the month on Libby, available May 2 – 15.

For free and without any waiting.

Download your copy here through Libby – The Observologist on Libby

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ComicFest 2024: book your seat!

There is now less than a week before the fabulous FREE event that is ComicFest 2024.

The excitement is building and we can’t wait for the fun to begin. Already several events are getting close to full capacity.

Seats may be available on the day, but booking in advance is the only way to guarantee a seat.

So, if you are keen to attend any of the events such as the marvelous panel: Sharing Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori through Pukawaituhi with Isobel Joy Te Aho-WhiteMunro Te Whata and Daniel Vernon, hosted by Zak Waipara, or our amazing Keynote Address: Dr Mophead with Selina Tusitala Marsh – book now.

All events are free! Further event details, and our registration form, can be found here.

Come draw with Dr. Mophead: Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh

Selina's self-portrait

One of the many highlights of this year’s ComicFest 2024 is sure to be the unmissable and interactive  session with Dr Mophead herself, the multi award-winning Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh. This fun session with one of Aotearoa’s most acclaimed artists is bound to untangle your drawing skills.

Come draw with Dr. Mophead!

Author photo of Selina Tusitala MarshIn this keynote session Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh will talk about the genesis of the latest bestselling book in her Mophead graphic memoir series, Wot knot YOU got? Mophead’s Guide To Life, and will share what she’s learned about herself, her drawing, and the human heart from working with more than 2,000 knotty questions she’s collected from kids of all ages. A fabulous fun event for fans of any age.

This event is FREE, but places are limited so booking is strongly recommended. Further event details and our registration form can be found here.


ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Dylan Horrocks

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Dylan Horrocks in this “5 minutes with” interview.

Dylan Horrocks self portrait
Self-portrait by Dylan Horrocks

What first got you interested in comics?

My dad had plenty of great comics in the house, and as soon as it was clear I had developed an obsession, he and my mum would bring home anything interesting they found. So I grew up reading Tintin and Asterix, but also compilations of Golden Age comics and early newspaper strips, but also weird underground comix, French comics magazines, histories of comics – all sorts of stuff. I started drawing my own comics in notebooks when I was very young; I loved drawing and I loved writing and making up stories, so comics was the perfect medium for me!

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ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Zak Waipara

comicfest 2024 Zak Waipara

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Zak Waipara is this “5 minutes with…” interview.

Photo of Zak Waipara
Zak Waipara

What first got you interested in comics?

My Dad would buy comics for me and my two brothers from petrol stations to entertain us on long car journeys. There was something incredibly engaging about comics. I was hooked from then on, always wanting to read them and then to try drawing my own.

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