Dead boys, drawings, and new discoveries: Katarina Thorsen, SkIP presenter

Katerina Thorsen


Katerina Thorsen Babes in the Woods

One (possibly sunny) day in the 1940s, someone took two little boys deep into Stanley Park and murdered them with a hatchet.

The Babes in the Woods case continues to be, according to Eve Lazarus, the city’s most bafflying unsolved mystery.

In her online serialized graphic novel, Artist and criminal profiling student, Katarina Thorsen, uses the power of drawing to reframe research, interviews and published accounts to weave to together a new resolution to this most troubling excerpt of Vancouver’s history.

Hear her describe first-hand why and how drawing was essential to her practice in both interpreting and representing case-related data at her SkIP session.

Check more of Thorsen’s work in her online gallery (also known as a website)

Check out SKiP 2017 presenters – proposals still accepted

We still have a few spots left!! Proposals will be accepted until all spots are full. Accepted presenters are being uploaded to Presenters 2017 page daily at 

It is going to be a diverse, experiential, exceptional year! Check it out and be apart of it!  Find out about these presenters here  Registration opens very soon!


SKiP Announcement – Graphic History Collective

With just a few days left to get your proposals in, SKiP is pleased to present one of the first of the 2017 lineup. The Graphic History Collective, (GHC) is a group of activists, artists, writers, and researchers passionate about comics, history and social change.

Representing the collective at SKiP this year will be Kara Sievewright and Robin Folvik.

 Kara Sievewright is an artist, writer, and designer who has published comics in many magazines and anthologies. Over the last fifteen years she has created graphics, posters, and websites for many radical and progressive movements. She joined the Graphic History Collective in 2015. She now lives in Daajing giids (Village of Queen Charlotte), Haida Gwaii as a guest on Haida Territory.

Robin Folvik is a founding member of the Graphic History Collective. She has a strong background in history and women’s studies, with a focus on feminist histories, and British Columbia’s working people, labour struggles, and social movements. Robin has a passion for translating academic knowledge to reach a broader public, and has worked on films, curriculum development, walking tours, and public history installations through her position as Research Director at the BC Labour Heritage Centre, where she has worked since 2008.

Also check out our call for proposals, open to May 15!