Storytelling can take many forms, from oral tradition to writing. On Tuesday, September 20, at the Nelson Public Library, budding and experienced cartoonists aged 7 to 100 can learn how to tell better stories through comics. Cartoonist and illustrator Adam de Souza will host two free workshops, one for children at 3:30 p.m. and one for teens and adults at 7 p.m.

In his workshop, Telling a Story in Four Panels, de Souza will show children how to use the classic comic book format as the basis for telling any type of story. De Souza says, “Whether you like manga, superheroes or Garfield, this workshop will be a useful reminder of the basics of writing your own comic! This workshop for 7 to 12 year olds takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

De Souza’s workshop for teens and adults, Beginning with an End: Understanding Your Own Comic, is all about knowing where the story is headed.

“We cartoonists get so excited about our characters, our ideas, our conflicts, and our cool moments that we forget to think about where a story goes.”

The workshop will include a series of comic book storytelling exercises to identify what is important in a story and help guide the creative process. To register, email Heather at [email protected] The workshop for teens and adults starts at 7 p.m.

The workshops are sponsored by the Vancouver Comics Arts Festival (VanCAF) to bring more hands-on artistic workshops and interaction with working artists to people outside of the big cities. “These workshops also provide more opportunities for underserved BC creators to expand their own impact on the BC arts scene,” said VanCAF Education Coordinator Isabella Laird. “We are excited to see what people create in these workshops! »

De Souza has illustrated children’s books such as The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell and The Human Kaboom by Adam Rubin. He is currently working on his award-winning online comic Blind Alley as well as an unannounced YA graphic novel with Tundra Books.