Staff

Executive Director of Drawn to Books

Tania Gigliotti has been working in children’s books since 2005 when she began work at Greenwoods’ Small World. She started her journey into children’s comics at Happy Harbor Comics in 2014 and founded both Drawn to Write and the Happy Harbor Comic Book Fairs while there. When Happy Harbor closed in 2019, she decided to launch Drawn to Books to keep those programs going, and to continue growing opportunities for kids who love comics in Alberta. She is currently getting her diploma in Arts & Cultural Management at MacEwan University and has also been teaching belly dance since 2008.

Instructor & Program Developer for Drawn to Write

Daniel Schneider is an Alberta farm boy turned comic artist. Though mostly known for his dog, he’s also a prominent figure in Edmonton comics. Daniel was the first ever Happy Harbor Comics Artist-in-Residence and is now one of the invaluable staff members at the Wonderharbor. He is currently working on The Saga of the Jack of Spades, as well as a seemingly constant mountain of commissioned art pieces. As the founding instructor of the Drawn to Write camps, he has a passion for teaching and inspiring the next generation of creators.

Instructor & Program Developer for Drawn to Write

Jeff Martin (BEd) is an award-winning cartoonist and comics educator from Edmonton, Alberta, and is definitely not a robot. His works include the Hockeypocalyspe series; the historical comedies Redcoats-ish: Jeff Martin’s War of 1812 and Redcoats-ish 2 published by Renegade Arts Entertainment; the all-ages graphic novel Wrestlemon;Where Is Zog?, originally published online by Heavy Metal, and his newest project, the webcomic Hell, Inc. When not at comic book conventions or teaching Drawn To Write classes, he can usually be found in the section of his living room that he refers to as his “comics bunker,” which doesn’t make him sound crazy at all.

Program Director for Drawn to Comics

As founder and co-owner of Happy Harbor Comics for 19 ½ years, Jay Bardyla helped build an innovative and international award-winning company that offered a variety of opportunities to aspiring artists, writers, educators and more. Among its many amazing outreach programs Happy Harbor, and its vast pool of artists, visited hundreds of schools and libraries across Alberta and Saskatchewan. These unique Comic Book Fairs spread the joy of comics, creativity, and literacy, as well as donating tens of thousands of dollars worth of comics back to libraries. This book fair program will now continue on through the Drawn to Books organization. Jay is proud to be able to keep working within schools and libraries to inspire the creators of tomorrow, all while still wearing shorts and not having to get a haircut!

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