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Big Read session looks at graphic storytelling

Enterprise native Mike Lawrence to speak.

Published on February 28, 2018 9:31AM



Fishtrap’s Big Read dives into the genre of comics and graphic storytelling with Mike Lawrence, an Enterprise High School graduate and award winning illustrator, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Enterprise High School. Admission is free.

There is a curious and key connection to comics in the novel, “Station Eleven,” according to Mike Midlo, program manager for Fishtrap.

“The book’s title comes from a mysterious graphic novel that the main character carries with her like a sacred artifact from the past and becomes an important part of her future,” he said.

Lawrence will reveal how the ancient art of graphic storytelling fires the imagination and inspires creative thinking through drawing. Those attending can watch Mike create a comic and learn why graphic storytelling is considered an important part of the literary tradition.

Lawrence is the award-winning illustrator of “Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek,” and the novel, “The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.” The Star Scouts series is his debut as a solo graphic novelist.

In addition to making comics, he has created several pieces of public art in Portland.

The event is part of Fishtrap’s Big Read celebration of the novel, “Station Eleven,” by Emily St. John Mandel. The novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization and follows a traveling troupe of actors and musicians dedicated to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive through their performances.

“The Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book,” Midlo said.

Each winter, Fishtrap celebrates one great work of literature by providing events, discussions and free books to Wallowa County schools, libraries and community members.

The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported locally by neighborhood businesses and individual donations. Community sponsors include Community Bank, Pacific Power and the Oregon Arts Commission.


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