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Saturday, 3 May 2014

TODAY in Mile End: Bike Workshop, Isabelle Arsenault, and Free Comic Book Day!

Since we had such a fun time with James Kochalka last week at the supremely successful Glorkian Warrior event + drawing day, we thought we'd let you all know about all the exciting events happening in the Mile End today!


First off, Free Comic Book Day is TODAY! Hurray! What is Free Comic Book Day? Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. It's been around since 2002, and is a great opportunity to go to your friendly neighbourhood comic book store and leave with a ton of swag. Get yer Archies, get yer Marvel comics, get yer juice boxes and cookies.

What will Drawn & Quarterly be throwin' down, gauntlet wise? We're so glad you asked! D+Q has a sneak peak of SHOWA Vol. 2, Shigeru Mizuki's semi-autobiographical epic of his life during the SHOWA period, with fascinating and compassionate insight into a tumultuous and devastating period in Japan's history.


And while you're in the neighbourhood, don't miss Isabelle Arsenault's talk at the Mile End library, also TODAY from 2-3pm! Isabelle is a celebrated illustrator and children's book author whose work has garnered much praise and awards. Her style is ethereal and thoughtful, and a definite favourite at Librairie D+Q. She'll be talking about her work and showing excerpts from her first graphic novel, Jane, le renard et moi, as well as Par une belle nuit d'hiver.


Last but not least, L'├ęcole Lambert-Close is hosting a bike swap between 10am and 2pm, once again TODAY. Give away or trade in your bike, or just get a tune up for a ~fresh look~ and whatnot. If you come at noon, you can learn all about bike safety! Be a practical cyclist and go down to L'├ęcole Lambert-Close for what's sure to be a wonderful day.


So what are you up to today, neighbourhood friends? A whole heck of a lot, it looks like. Nothing beats being a kid in the Mile End (although being a parent in the Mile End is a damn close second. Damn close).

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