Kelly Dowd has always been into comics; a hobby that grew into a collection. That collection has become much, much more. It became a job.
Dowd, who has served as the owner and operator of Redd Skull Comics for the past 18 years, got his start in the comic book store after a move from Saskatchewan to the bright lights of Calgary.
Julie Mortensen is laughing with her head of red curls thrown back - as she does often and easily - while remembering a story from her childhood that seemed to foreshadow her career as a Calgary actor.
Laughter fills the musty beige room of the Old Y Centre in Calgary as the Cantares Venezuelan Choir takes a break in their rehearsal, bouncing jokes between one another.