Address: 10729 - 104 Avenue in Edmonton, AB, Canada       Phone: (780) 452-8211       Email:

Happy Harbor Comics is proud to offer their Artist-in-Residence Program, an initiative designed to help local artists supplement their income and provide them with a unique environment to hone their craft and skills while allowing them to interact with the community, exposing and promoting the art and process of comic creation.

Click on any of our Artists-in-Residence portraits to learn what the program has meant to them.

April 21, 2017 :

We're proud to announce the 10th Artist-in-Residence: CATHERINE DUBOIS! She will be in-store every Friday and Saturday from May 12 to December 16, 2017. Check out her Tumblr account for a look at her work!

August 26, 2016 : Happy Harbor is proud to announce our newest Artist-in-Residence: JOANNE WOJTYSIAK! Please stop by to congratulate her and see her working on her fantasy-themed graphic novel, starting September 9, 2016

December 19, 2015 : Happy Harbor is pleased to offer congratulations to our next Artist-in-Residence, ANDREW LEUNG. Andrew is excited be in-store working on art every Friday and Saturday beginning January 8, for 32 weeks until August 13. Feel free to stop by and visit, welcome him to the team and check out his work!

August 01, 2015 : Interested applicants can now download a PDF with information on our Artist-in-Residence program

April 15, 2015 : Happy Harbor offers congratulations to our next Artist-in-Residence, PERRY PARKER. Perry will be in-store every Friday and Saturday beginning May 8 for 32 weeks (finishing his term December 19, 2015). Please stop by to visit, check out his work, and ask questions on comic creation!

August 18, 2014 : We would like to congratulate DANIEL HACKBORN in becoming HH's new Comics Artist-in-Residence! Daniel's term will begin Friday, September 05, 2014 and run for 32 weeks until April 25, 2015. Please come by and greet him when his term begins!

December 15, 2013 : We are proud to announce, after a very close decision, our new Aritist-in-Residence, ANDREW JACKSON OBOL. His term will begin January 3 and run for 32 weeks, and he's very excited to be a part of this program. We're equally excited to have him on board!

April 15, 2013 : Happy Harbor is proud to announce our next Artist-in-Residence JEFF MARTIN, a local web-cartoonist. Jeff will be hard at work drawing comic pages every Friday and Saturday beginning in May 3 for 32 weeks, ending December 8, 2013. Come by and welcome him to the Harbor!

August 24, 2012 : Happy Harbor is proud to announce our next Artist-in-Residence KYLE CHARLES, a recent graduate of the Guru Digital Arts School here in Edmonton. Kyle will be behind the artists' desk every Friday and Saturday beginning August 31 until April 7, 2013 (32 weeks).

April 29, 2012 : Happy Harbor has awarded Paul a second term as our Artist-in-Residence. His term will continue from May 4 for another sixteen weeks.

December 16, 2011 : Congratulations to PAUL LAVALLEE, Happy Harbor's newest AiR. He begins Friday, January 6 and will be in the shop each Friday and Saturday for the next 16 weeks. We're looking forward to watching Paul create some amazing art while inspiring and assisting local up-and-coming talent!

August 15, 2011 : Congratulations again to DANIEL SCHNEIDER, our first AiR. We have evaluated the results of his work during his first term and have allowed him to exercise his option of renewal for a second term. His work has scored him try-outs for Marvel Comics and Archie, and he has been a wonderful ambassador for the medium.

May 12, 2011 : Congratulations to DANIEL SCHNEIDER, our first AiR. He begins Friday, May 13 for a 16 week term.

January 30, 2017:
Sequential Tart interview with Joanne Wojtysiak. See the article here!

February 4, 2016:
Vue Weekly Magazine interview with Andrew Leung and Jay. See the article here!

September 21, 2015:
CBC News interview with Perry Parker. See the video here!

March 18, 2015:
Alberta Foundation of the Arts interview with Daniel Hackborn. See the article here!

January 24, 2014:
Edmonton Journal interview with Andrew Jackson-Obol. See the article here!

November 10, 2013:
Global News Morning segment with Jeff Martin and Jay. See the video here!

March 2, 2013:
Global News Morning segment with Kyle Charles and Jay. See the video here!


The guidelines for the program are as follows:


Applicants must provide curriculum vitae that should not exceed two (2) sheets of standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

Applicants should provide a statement of the objectives they hope to achieve as Happy Harbor's Artist-in-Residence. Please itemize the work(s) being focused on.

Applicants should also provide a statement of their personal career goals and how this position would help them accomplish those goals.

Applicants should include:
- List of recent community work, especially that which applies to your craft. Please make sure to include contact information for reference.
- five (5) digital samples of work, three (3) pages of which must be of sequential work.
- one (1) letter of reference/recommendation, preferably from someone in the visual arts field.

The successful application will be selected by a committee of individuals who are not in the employ of Happy Harbor Comics and will remain anonymous to the public and the applicants.

Download a PDF with information on our Artist-in-Residence program.

Applications are due by midnight April 5, 2017 and can be hand delivered to HHv1 or emailed (preferred) to Reviews and judging will occur between April 7 to 20th.
Our new Artist-in-Residence will be announced Friday, April 21 and the new term will commence May 5 or May 12, 2017.