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 the following programs running to help us fulfill our vision:
D2B Comics Classes
Live, online 1-hour classes on comic creation for youth ages 8+
Drawn to Write
1-day and 3-day comic book creator camps for youth ages 9+ .
In March of 2020, we had to cancel our Drawn to Comics Book Fairs Comic book fairs for school libraries where 20% of the profits went back into school libraries. 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. To those schools who lost their book fairs in the spring of 2020 due to Covid-19, we are sad that we couldn’t come to visit you. And to those schools on the waiting list for the Fall/Winter term, we do apologize that we won’t be able to visit. We hope this setback won’t deter you from putting comics into your libraries to stoke the imagination and creative passions of your younger readers and storytellers. We had a great time at the schools we visited and managed to donate over $2000.00 in comics in the few months we had this program on offer!
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.