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March 4 - 17, 2016

Three simple words, innocuous enough, until they come in the final panel of the comic you're reading, then they become engines of frustration, excitement, anxiety, curiosity, or maybe all of the above. What do they mean to you?

For Visions of Comics 2016, the sixth edition of Happy Harbor's annual Gilbert Bouchard Memorial Art Show, artists are asked to explore the nature, associations, meanings, uses, and abuses of the cliff-hanger plot device, "To Be Continued." Be creative and devise an original work of art, in any format you choose, that interprets this most innervating comics convention!

 Photos of the artwork can be seen here!

Donations will be collected during the show, which opens in grand style on March 4 at 7:00pm, on behalf of the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, housed at the University of Alberta. For more information about them, please visit their website.

Make a Donation to the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library online!

Opening Night: March 4 at 7:00pm
Featuring Fish Griwkowsky

Visions of Comics 2016 opens in grand style on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm, featuring an introduction from special guest, Fish Griwkowsky. Fish is the art critic of the Edmonton Journal, an award-winning filmmaker who has drawn published cartoons in Edmonton since 1989 (Poo Poo, Bill Benson). With the death of David Bowie in January, Fish quietly concluded his 23-year-old strip Space Cat in Vue Weekly - sending the alien invader back to the stars where he belongs. He and Gilbert each seeded their media careers at the U of A's volunteer newspaper the Gateway, while Bouchard was an earlier art critic at the Journal - one full of advocacy and passion which continues to inspire to this day. Find out more about Fish here:

BE ADVISED: This will be an amazing night full of equally amazing art, local YEG creativity, and an overwhelming appreciation for comics.

This show is dedicated to our friend Gilbert Bouchard who passed away in the spring of 2009.
His good friend Suzette Chan and CBC co-worker Peter Brown shared wonderful memories at the inagural show that allowed those of us who knew Gilbert to smile at his memory and for those of us who didn't, feel a little closer to him.

Dedicating the show, Visons of Comics, to Gilbert was the inspiration of Yves Lafleur.
Links to our previous events can be found below:

The 2015 show, 2014 show, 2012 show, 2010 show, and the inaugural 2009 show.