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
COMIC BOOK FAIRS
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!
Here's a list of upcoming fairs;
We are currently working through a waiting list of requests and are booked until June 2019. We will be booking spots for Fall 2019 in the coming months!
We will consider booking requests for the summer months, but please note that we may not always be able to bring artists due to it being convention season.
ARTISTS – We need your help to inspire comic creators and fans!
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!
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 special guest speakers that we’ll bring in just to talk to you!
Thurs Oct 18, 2018 - Wine & Cheese Panel #6, with guest AMIE WRIGHT
Chair of the Graphic Novel & Comics Committee of the American Library Association
STOCK PURCHASING THROUGH HH
We want you to have comics in your classrooms and libraries so we do our best to make it easy and affordable!
- a 35% discount on all Marvel and DC Comics (comics books, collected editions, and graphic novels) and 30% off all other publishers off the Canadian cover price. We have access to thousands of titles, including the most popular North American and Japanese (Manga) titles!
- We pick for you! There are so many comics, where do you begin? You don't have to as we'll build you an order based on your budget (and no budget is too small)! We'll also examine your current inventory along with circulation numbers to ensure we make the best picks for you library!
- We provide you an estimate of your order with a chance to review product before anything is ordered. And we invoice with delivery of your comics!
- We maintain a record of your purchases, making future 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 Dragonball (wink), 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!
Email us today to place an order or ask how a monthly comic book subscription can replace and enhance your magazine section!
EVENT IDEAS & SUPPORT
ANNUAL EVENTSFree Comic Book Day - First Saturday of May. Book orders due in January - Contact us for order forms!
Halloween Comicfest - Last Saturday of October. Book orders due in August - Contact us for order forms!
Calgary Comic Expo - Alberta's largest celebration of pop culture, mid-to-late April
Edmonton Entertainment Expo - Last weekend of September, great for local fans
24 Hour Comics Day - Marathon comic creation in early October
“ANY TIME YOU WANT” EVENTSComic Jams! - Improv comic art making! Click this link for an example.
Comic Book Club! - Set up a club with your students to talk about and swap comics!
Comic Art Show! - Have comic-themed artwork by students 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.