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Books: December 2012 Archives

Growing up graphic


Montreal-based publishing company Drawn and Quarterly does something unusual -- perhaps even unique -- in the English-language publishing business.

They take graphic novels and comic books seriously. It's not just for kids, and it's worth paying for.

(Related: Listen to David Gutnick's documentary about D & Q, Graphic Chicken Soup for the Graphic Soul.)

Of course, things have long been different in French.

Thanks to a strong tradition of graphic novels in France and Belgium, many kids grew up wit handsome hardback albums like Asterix et Obelix, Tin Tin, and Lucky Luc.

Meanwhile, many people who grew up in North America were told comics and graphic novels weren't "real" books.

There were even some people who went as far to say that those who make graphic novels were "delinquent".

So how does someone end up being a comic book artist?

We invited two graphic artists to our show. One French, one English.  

For Max Douglas (aka Salgood Sam) and Simon Bossé, the key was artistic, open-minded parents.littlecomics 015.jpg

Max and Simon both write and illustrate graphics novels in Quebec.

Simon Bossé's new book Flaneurs was recently released by publisher L'oie de Cravan.

He also hand screenprints small artisinal comic books. (See photos on our Facebook page.)

Salgood Sam's most recent work is Dreamlife. It will come out in early 2013. He also publishes a quarterly personal anthology called Revolver.

Listen Jeanette's conversation with Max Douglas aka Salgood Sam and Simon Bossé.

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(Images: Top right: Self protrait by Salgood Sam. Bottom left: Simon Bossé.)

Graphic Chicken Soup for the Graphic Soul

barryA.jpgDrawn and Quarterly started on a kitchen table in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood. 

Now, it's one of the hottest publishers of graphic novels on the planet. 

Listen to David Gutnick's documentary. 
(Image: The Freddie Stories, by Lynda Barry)
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English CEGEP representing Quebec at prestigious French literary award

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Six students from Vanier College are in France right now, taking part in the debates to chose the winner of the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens

The Prix Goncourt des Lycéens is associated with the prestigious Prix Goncourt. While the main prize is chosen by the Académie Goncourt, the Prix des Lycéens is chosen by approximately 2,000 students. 

Vanier College is the only college from outside of France to participate this year's edition, and it is the first time an English CEGEP represents Quebec at this competition. 

The role of English CEGEPs is currently one of considerable public debate. The Parti Quebec government has proposed limiting access to English CEGEPS.  

Listen to Jeanette's interview with two of the students from Vanier:
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We spoke to the girls after they got back from France. 

They told us about how the debate went, and also about the differences they noticed between the education systems in France and Quebec.
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(Photo: Cinq à Six producer Tanya Birkbeck, Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly, Ikram Mecheri, Margot Beauchemin-Daoust. Photo by Peter Durand, courtesy of Vanier College.)