We are a non-profit organization in Edmonton, AB whose mission is to nurture a wider view of literacy for Alberta youth by providing educational programs and by increasing access to comics and graphic novels for both schools and communities.
We currently have two
programs running to help us fulfill our vision:
Drawn to Write
Comic book creator camps for youth ages 9+ .
Drawn to Comics Book Fairs
Comic book fairs for school libraries where 20% of the profits go back into school libraries.
With much sadness, we have had to cancel our Drawn to Comics Book Fair program. With school closures in the Spring of 2020 and the uncertainty of how the pandemic will play out in the coming months and the effects on schools, we can no longer safely bring a comic book fair to schools. Our Comic Book Creator Camps are still going strong online and in-person and we are working on even more ways to bring comic book creation to schools in the fall of 2020.
In the summer of 2015, the first Drawn to Write youth comic book creator camps ran out of Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, AB. With the guidance and support of Youth Write, this awesome comic book store and its team started running multi-day camps several times a year, to great reviews and many repeat campers.
During this time, the team at HH also created an award-winning comic book fair program! Owner Jay Bardyla and local comic book creators traveled to schools across Alberta, introducing students of all ages to their favourite super heroes while also providing support to school libraries.
Happy Harbor Comics closed its doors (and reopened as Wonderland under new ownership) in 2019, but the team that created these programs couldn’t bear to let them disappear and so they started Drawn to Books to keep the comic book dream alive