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Best of Friends Friends of the Durham Library Newsletter Winter 2014 Eno River Fest attendees try out the Comics Contraption. Drawing Durham: Checking In with the Durham Comics Project T he year-long Durham Comics Project (DCP) kicked off in April 2013 during the Comics Fest. Founder Amy Godfrey, Children’s Librarian and co-creator of Comics Fest, sought to capture the essence of Durham as a community by teaching people how to tell their stories through pictures. Since then, DCP has both hosted and attended a variety of events, from monthly Drink & Draws to workshops, attracting participants ranging in age from 8 to 70. “People don’t need to be technically trained artists to tell stories through comics,” said Godfrey. “Moreover, being a technically trained artist doesn’t mean someone will be good at it. The essence of a good comic is a good story, and we believe everyone has a good story in them.” The DCP has been busy since last spring’s debut. The first Drink & Draw began in April and continues to meet every third Wednesday of the month at either Full-Steam Brewery or Cocoa Cinnamon. Godfrey encourages people who may be looking for something more laid back and less structured to begin with these monthly events, which have become extremely popular. DCP has also produced several Comics Workshops at various the library locations, aimed at providing novices with the tools to begin creating comics. In addition to the events and workshops, Godfrey created a web site,, to provide further opportunities to encourage residents to submit a comic. Participants can be any age and do not have to participate in other DCP events; all that Godfrey requests is that the short comic runs between one and six pages and is a true story from life events. The collection of these completed non fiction comics has been one of the most challenging aspects Continued on page 4

Best of Friends - Winter 2014

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