The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) will be providing Create A Comic Take and Make kits to member public libraries to distribute January 14-31, 2022.  Create and draw your own wacky characters and insert them into a comic strip of your own design using the cartoon-panel pages provided. Follow the helpful draw-along instructions to determine your character’s looks, style, emotions, and ability to take a fall. Kits will be distributed at the following public libraries and ALS outreach locations:

Aurora Public Library
Babbitt Public Library
Baudette Public Library
Bovey Public Library
Buhl Public Library
Calumet Public Library
Carlton Area Public Library
Chisholm Public Library
Cloquet Public Library
Coleraine Public Library
Cook Public Library
Duluth Public Library
Ely Public Library
Eveleth Public Library
Gilbert Public Library
Grand Marais Public Library
Grand Rapids Area Library
Hibbing Public Library
Hoyt Lakes Public Library
International Falls Public Library
Keewatin Public Library
Marble Public Library
Moose Lake Public Library
Mountain Iron Public Library
Silver Bay Public Library
Two Harbors Public Library
Virginia Public Library
Arrowhead Library System Bookmobile
Arrowhead Library System Mail-A-Book (*patrons must qualify for Mail-A-Book services)

Each kit includes some example drawings and prompts to create comics and characters from your own imagination. Will your character be a bumbling human? A scary doll? You and your family? An impatient ice cream cone? A wise old dandelion?  Maybe that’s a team? Defy the laws of physics, draw goofy stuff, and have fun creating comics drawn from your imagination or your life. 

Comics are for everyone so the recommended age for this activity is third grade to adults. (Little kids could do it too if someone can read to them.) Each kit includes fun directions and space for drawing characters, some blank comic templates, and a felt tip pen to bring your comics to the page.  Please note each location has a limited number of kits – feel free to contact your local library for more information.  

Chris Monroe is an author, illustrator, visual artist and cartoonist. She is the author of seven children’s picture books, as well as the illustrator of picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy. Her comic strip, Violet Days, has been in print for over 19 years, and is featured in the collection “Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days.”

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.alslib.info or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alslibinfo.