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Arts Council of New Westminster presents: Graphic Novel Reading Event

April 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Free to attend


Featuring live graphic novel readings by PJ Patten and Sabrina Symington, join host Ria Renouf for a Q&A session with the artists

About this Event

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:


featuring: PJ Patten (New Westminster) and Sabrina Symington (Vancouver)

April 17, 2021 | 2:00pm | Online via Zoom | Free Event

Featuring readings by PJ Patten and Sabrina Symington, join host Ria Renouf for a live Q&A session with the artists.

About PJ Patten

PJ Patten is an artist, author, and tattooer, born in Japan, raised in California, who now makes home in BC. Pulling from his own lived experience with addiction, homelessness, mental health, and the juvenile justice system he wrote and illustrated his first book Tower25. Current projects include adapting the play The Tashme Project created by Matt Miwa and Julie Tamiko Manning into the graphic novel format.

Instagram @mr.pjpatten

About Sabrina Symington

Sabrina “Bria” Symington is a transgender artist from Gabriola Island, British Columbia, best known for her ongoing web comic series, Life of Bria, as well as her graphic novels, First Year Out, and its sequel, Coming Out Again. She is an alumni of Emily Carr University of Art & Design, a cancer survivor, a former professional martial arts instructor, and she offers free voice feminization training resources for trans people. On Sunday nights you can watch her stream live conversations with interesting people while she draws them on The Sunday Portrait, and on Tuesday nights you can watch her attempting bizarre custom toy-building challenges on Dollarstore Kitbash. Both can be watched live at 6:00 PM PDT on twitch.tv/realultimatebria

She currently lives in Vancouver, where she integrates her art with her life in every aspect she can, and tries to do one new thing every day.

Hosted by: Ria Renouf

Ria has been proud to call New Westminster home since 2017. You can hear her anchoring NEWS 1130‘s weekday afternoon show from 2-7 p.m., with the odd appearance on KiSS Radio & CityNews at 6 and 11. In her downtime, she’s usually getting a bite to eat at Royal City Centre, walking the waterfront with her husband, or indulging in a good movie, comic book or graphic novel.

Twitter @riarenouf


To purchase Tower 25 by PJ Patten:

EBook | Physical Book

To purchase Coming Out Again by Sabrina Symington:

Amazon | UBC bookstore | Signed copies from Esty



This event is brought you by the Arts Council of New Westminster with support from Cloudscape Comics, the City of New Westminster, the BC Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia

About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit www.acnw.ca


April 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free to attend
Event Category:


Arts Council of New Westminster
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