Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest!

At the Saint Albans Museum

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Join us from 10am-4pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Saint Albans Museum for the third annual Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest!

From science to politics, history to health care, cartooning has exploded as a legitimate medium for exploring non-fiction topics and the textures of lived experience. 

Non-Fiction Comics Mini-Fest is a day-long event presenting a diverse assortment of cartoonists who are engaged in creating non-fiction work.

Join us for presentations at 11am (Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre), 1pm (Cartooning through Trauma: The Unexpected Power of Comics and Veterans) and 3pm (The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby)

So stop in and meet some local cartoonists, check out their work, and learn about how comics can describe the world around us and tell stories of everyday life.

Best of all it's ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Oh, Hey!

Also! On Friday, July 19, 2019 we are hosting a special workshop: Drawing from the Past: A Nonfiction Comics Workshop. Taught by NH cartoonist, Marek Bennett, Drawing from the Past will introduce participants to the basics of making comics from primary source historical materials!



Cartooning through Trauma: The Unexpected Power of Comics and Veterans (11am-12pm)


Finding ways to communicate experience is central to health and healing; and yet traumatic, extreme life events are often beyond ordinary language.The symbolic power of cartoons can provide a way for veterans to describe traumatic experiences they can’t speak out loud, Comics can serve as a deceptively simple means for veterans communicating the extraordinary truths of their lives in the Service.

Comics can also make those extraordinary experiences accessible to others and break down the barriers between military and civilian populations.

Cartoonist Kurt Shaffert, oral historian Sarah Yahm and a group of Center for Cartoon Studies cartoonists worked with women veterans at the White River Junction VA Medical Center to create the comics anthology A Whole Lifetime of Firsts.. Join Kurt as he discusses the project.


Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre (1pm-2pm)

Burlington cartoonist, Glynnis Fawkes will discuss her forthcoming graphic biography, Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre, to be published in Fall 2019. Fawkes’s book explores the difficulties Brontë faced in the creation of her most famous work. Fawkes will share images from the book, discuss her project and reflect on her work as a cartoonist.

Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre will be published in September by Disney/Hyperion as a part of the Center for Cartoon Studies Presents series.



Marek Bennett introduces characters and techniques from his ongoing Freeman Colby series of historical graphic novels. In the latest installment (Volume 2), Marek explores the byways, battlefields, hospital wards, and campgrounds of the Civil War, combining historical texts to uncover unknown characters and hidden truths. Find out what happens when a NH teacher ends up in a Union field hospital, an enslaved mother is asked to feed a Confederate regiment, the Russian imperial fleet docks at Washington D.C., and a young man tries to liberate his family from bondage—then find out how Marek builds each of these Civil War stories from the letters, diaries, visual artwork, and other primary sources of the era.


Featured Cartoonists:

This amazing crew of cartoonists from Vermont, New Hampshire and New York will be on hand displaying and selling their work! Stop in and make the rounds!


In partnership with the Saint Albans Museum

In partnership with the Saint Albans Museum

Sponsored by:

The Eloquent Page

The Eloquent Page