Happy Harbor recognizes the growing significance of comics in libraries and would like to offer the opportunity to acquire these books at a significantly lower price and with less difficulty. Additionally, we also offer the opportunity to have our experienced staff and friends visit your school or library to help educate kids of all ages about the creative benefits of the medium of comics, jobs within the industry and more!
"Teacher Comix" by Rudi Gunther
Happy Harbor is proud to announce we are now offering Comic Book Fairs to schools and libraries! What makes our book fairs better than anyone else’s?
Check out our spotlight guides featuring the books we think are outstanding and that we’ll make sure we’re well stocked with for your event! You can send either PDF below out to your parents and students in advance and even post it on your websites to help build the buzz! Remember, the more we sell, the more free comics you get for your library!
Happy Harbor is devoted to building new readers, writers, and artists and our book fairs will do just that with our fun and interactive program!
Our Comic Book Fairs have even been featured on CTV Edmonton News -
Click here to watch the video clip!
We offer ONE Comic Book Fair per week at a time,
typically on Thursdays or Fridays!
Email email@example.com to book a date or ask any questions!
We are not taking bookings for the summer, but feel free to email inquiries to us about fall dates listed below.
Jun 23 - Winspear Centre ESO concert
Jun 24 - Winspear Centre ESO concert
Jun 25 - Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Canada 150 Celebration at the Legislature Grounds
No July or August dates available
Sept 08 - YRL Conference
Sept 14-15 - NLLS Conference
Sept 22-24 - Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
Thurs, Oct 05 or Fri, Oct 06 - available
Oct 13 - Fort Saskatchewan Elementary
Thurs, Oct 19 or Fri, Oct 20 - available
Oct 26 - CARC Conference
Thurs, Nov 02 or Fri, Nov 03 - available
Thurs, Nov 09 or Fri, Nov 10 - available
Thurs, Nov 16 or Fri, Nov 17 - available
Thurs, Nov 23 or Fri, Nov 24 - available
Thurs, Nov 30 or Fri, Dec 01 - available
Thurs, Dec 07 or Fri, Dec 08 - available
Thurs, Dec 14 or Fri, Dec 15 - available
Some dates may become unavailable due to business operations.
Additional days of the week (Wednesdays or Saturdays) may be considered upon request. More dates to come once we review our 2018 schedule! Thank you!
THE WINE AND CHEESE PANELS, An evening for Educators
Happy Harbor is always celebrating the amazing work that teachers, librarians, and educators of all kinds do in their incredibly important profession!
As the role of comic books and graphic novels in the classroom and beyond continues to gain the support of educators around the world, the space reserved for them in libraries and schools grows; but no two educational environments are alike, and it can be difficult to assess which materials will best fill those spaces. Happy Harbor can help navigate the world of sequential storytelling. We know you want comics in your classrooms and libraries. We also know there’s a lot of comics out there and finding the right books can be very intimidating. To help combat these issues, Happy Harbor wants to give you the opportunity to learn more, be entertained, and even get some personalized shopping done.
And so, we created the Wine and Cheese Panels, a vital forum for educators to interact with each other, meet comic creators, and stimulate ideas and discussion about the exciting educational horizons opened by comics. Occurring just a couple times a year, FREE OF CHARGE, we’ll invite you to our store to sit and relax, learn about comics, enjoy some refreshments and snacks, and be wowed by a special guest speaker that we’ll bring in just to talk to you!
April 5, 2017 Wine & Cheese Panel #3 with Professor David Lewkowich
Please RSVP for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday April 3rd, 2017.
- Lower pricing on graphic novels, generally 30% or greater, off the Canadian cover price and access to thousands of titles, including the most popular North American and Japanese titles!
- We maintain a record of your purchases, making ordering easier! Just request a dollar amount and we can order (when available) the next volumes in series from your previous order!
- Our staff is knowledgeable about all different types of books, not just from reading reviews but from reading thousands of comics. From Superman to Manga, our staff covers the bases where knowledge about appropriate material is concerned! Ask us for recommendations or look below!
- We offer a full return policy for any material for any reason!
Happy Harbor wants to help you build your library to keep kids happy and active!
The Best Graphic Novels of 2016, Ross Johnson, Barnes & Noble
The 10 Best Comic Books of 2016, Abraham Riesman, the Vulture
Best Kids Graphic Novels of 2016, the School Library Journal
DIAMOND BOOKSHELF CORE LISTS:
The selection of titles below was made with classrooms and libraries in mind. All titles are suitable for display, and the intended audience for each is clearly noted.
- Titles for Kids (Age 6+) - a list of essential titles for kids age 6 and older.
- Titles for Young Adults (Age 13+) - a list of essential titles for young adults age 13 and older.
- Titles for Older Teens (Age 16+) - a list of essential titles for teens age 16 and older.
- Titles for Adults (Age 18+) - a list of essential titles for adults age 18 and older.
If you are interested in adding any of these titles to your library, please call Jay at 780-452-8211 or direct your email inquiry to email@example.com!
ANNUAL EVENTSCalgary Comic Expo - Alberta's largest celebration of pop culture, mid-to-late April
Free Comic Book Day - First Saturday of May. Book orders are due in January
Edmonton Entertainment Expo - Last weekend of September, great for local fans
24 Hour Comics Day - Marathon comic creation in early October
Halloween Comicfest - "around" Halloween. Book orders due in August.
ANY TIME YOU WANT EVENTSComic Jams! - Improv comic art making! Click this link for an example.
Comic Book Club! - meetings to talk and swap comics!
Comic Art Show! - comic themed artwork to be showcased to the community!
12 Hour Comic Challenge! - the "younger" sibling to the 24 Hour event. Less endurance, more creativity!
Comic Art Battles! - Artists and audience members battling on the art boards for accolades! See one here!
Award-winning store owner Jay Bardyla is available for teacher and librarian conferences across the province (and a bit beyond). Please subscribe to our monthly newsletter to find out how you can bring Happy Harbor to your region!
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LOCATIONS WE'VE VISITED
Since 2007, Happy Harbor staff and volunteers have travelled to hundreds of schools and libraries across Alberta and Saskatchewan to talk to thousands of students, teachers, librarians, and parents about comics; how they are made, their history, career opportunities, and more.
"I was a little nervous about coming in as I have never been to this store before. The customer service was exceptional, from the floor staff to the cashier! Everyone was so chill, relaxed and friendly. As so, the culture and atmosphere was very warm and welcoming! One of your floor staff was quite knowledgeable about comic books for children and I really appreciate her willingness to help me out and direct me to the staff picks board! I came that day really to purchase new reading material for my class that I teach in St. Albert as many of the boys love comic books and graphic novels. I can say for sure this will be my new store to spend my classroom budget on to find comics!"
Teacher, St. Albert
"We’ve ordered all our graphic novels from them… they’re a bunch of great people. They have our collection of graphic novels on file and when we want to order more they just look up our order and send us additional volumes of what we already have… at this point he even delivers our order personally, it’s great."
J. Percy Page Senior High School
"I’ve been shopping at Happy Harbor Comics since September 2006 for graphic novels & comics for our school library and the selection is amazing!!!!!! The staff is so knowledgeable in helping choose the books that are perfect for our students! They make it so easy, all I have to do is call in and say I want to spend this much money of this age group and I have an excellent selection in a few days. As well, the pricing they offer to schools can’t be beat out there. I highly recommend them, so check them out!"
Balwin Library, Edmonton
"Happy Harbor Comics suggested a fantastic list of graphic novels to get our high school library’s collection started. They have kept a record of our collection and help us continue to collect and expand. The advice that we have received has been invaluable and the service is great."
J. Percy Page High School, Edmonton