Degrassi goes to Halifax for 'Word on the Street

Attention East Coast Degrassi fans! You can get up close and personal with one of the stars of the show this weekend.

Mike Lobel is headed to Halifax alongside the author and one of the illustrators of the Degrassi graphic novels for a literary festival.

Lobel, who plays “Jay Hogart,” will be on hand to take questions this Sunday. Alongside him will be J. Torres, the author of the Degrassi graphic novels, and Ramon Perez, who illustrated Vol. 2 of the series, including the book “Suddenly Last Summer.”

They will also be joined by Christopher Jackson, Director of Digital Media and Merchandising for Epitome Pictures.

“We’re so happy to be a part of Word on The Street for the second year running; this time in Halifax,” says Jackson.

“WOTS’ mission of promoting a positive attitude towards literacy is one that we’re 100 percent behind, and we hope that Degrassi’s involvement will help shine just a little more light on such an important national literary festival.”

The one day “Word on the Street” festival occurs at the end of September in Halifax, Toronto, Kitchener, Calgary and Vancouver.

This year is the 13th incarnation of the festival in Halifax, and will be held on the 23rd of September. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cunard Event Centre on the city’s waterfront.

Lobel and co. will appear on the Graphic Novel and Young Adult Readers Stage, which is aimed at aspiring authors from age 12 and up. They’ll take the stage at 1:15 p.m.

Later that day the crew will sign autographs at the Strange Adventures booth at 2:15 p.m.

Torres is a Toronto-based author and is best known for his work on “Teen Titans Go.” His work has also earned him a nomination for an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award.

Perez is also the co-creator of “Butternutsquash,” a popular web comic.

There is no charge for admission at the event, and it is intended to be a family affair.

Degrassi has only confirmed their appearance in Halifax. The remaining cities will hold their festivals on the 30th.

Degrassi launched their graphic novel series last year as a way to fill in the gaps of what goes on in the lives of the students after school and during summer break.

Series creator Linda Schuyler, with cast members Jake Goldsbie, Cassie Steele and Ryan Cooley, took part in the 2006 WOTS festival in Toronto.

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