History, Trauma, & Graphic Novels

Join Blue Cactus Press, local author Tamiko Nimura and Destiny City Comics owner Ethan HD for a literary discussion about historical narratives, trauma, and storytelling in graphic novels. We’ll dive into the importance of presenting cultural and historical narratives of people from historically marginalized groups; and explore the ethical implications of writing, selling, and engaging with media …

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Making Comics to Change the World: A Workshop for Youth

*This workshop is only for youth ages 8 to 14.* Registration is required: https://timberland.bibliocommons.com/events/652054bacb391ed4418d7b90 Comics are a great way to tell stories and make people laugh, but did you know they can also bring positive change to the world? Join “Wildfire” cartoonist Breena Bard for this workshop demonstrating the basics of making comics, designing characters, …

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The Esoterics

The Esoterics will present the a cappella secular pieces by Ned Rorem, well known American composer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1976 and a Grammy in 1989. Rorem died last November at age 99. The Esoterics mark the weekend of Rorem’s 100th birthday with this fantastic concert in celebration of an extraordinary …

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Comedy Underground

Comedy Underground is back to make you laugh. Each event features a new slate of touring comedians that are sure to make you laugh out loud! Recommended for ages 18+.

Olympia Comics Festival 2019

Annual festival showcases world-class cartoonists, and now includes a wedding! By NED HAYES Olympia’s Comics Festival returns on Saturday, June 15. This free exposition was created in 2001 by Danger Room proprietor Frank Hussey and has grown tremendously over the past 19 years. This year’s day-long festival expo will feature more than 50 tables with …

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Olympia Celebrates 18th-Annual Comics Festival

by Billy Thomas for OLY ARTS On Saturday, June 2, 2018, comic book creators, readers, and collectors will once again gather in downtown Olympia to celebrate the Olympia Comics Festival. The annual festival celebrates and showcases the medium to bring awareness to its artistic and literary quality. This year’s festival is set to offer a …

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Danger Room

2017 Olympia Comics Festival

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Once a year, comic book creators, readers and enthusiasts around the Puget Sound converge on downtown Olympia to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of comics. You might think we’re talking about Comic Con, the famous, yearly comics and pop-culture convention, but the event in question is very different, …

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Casey Bruce and Frank Hussey of Danger Room

Casey Bruce and Frank Hussey: Heroes of Danger Room

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Occasionally, we all stumble across real places that make us feel like we’re in a fictional world, places where we can do or be anything we want. Olympia has at least one of those places tucked right into the heart of the downtown area. You can feel the shift …

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