Meet the 20 authors and illustrators who made the graphic novel This Place: 150 Years Retold
Have you listened to This Place?
The 10-episode podcast, adapted from the bestselling graphic novel anthology of the same name, launched this summer and the entire series is available on CBC Listen or wherever you get your podcasts.
Hosted by Rosanna Deerchild, This Place tells 150 years of Canadian history through Indigenous stories, music and more. It features Indigenous creators — including David. A Robertson, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette and Brandon Mitchell — and incorporates elements of fantasy and magical realism to examine Canadian history from Confederation to now.
A team of producers adapted each story within the young adult graphic anthology, This Place: 150 Years Retold, to create the episodic podcast. The anthology was published in 2019 by Highwater Press and paired Indigenous authors with illustrators to create 10 stories spanning 150 years of our shared history. In 2020, it won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Gene Day Award for Anthology Collections.
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These are the writers and artists whose work features in This Place: 150 Years Retold.
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, Winnipeg. She won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs, and her debut novel, The Break, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. It was defended by Candy Palmater on Canada Reads 2017.
Her latest is the novel The Strangers, which is currently longlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Scott B. Henderson
Scott B. Henderson is an illustrator and comic book artist. He graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba and started as a digital colourist for comics.
While working on his fantasy series, The Chronicles of Era, Henderson took on various projects that eventually led him to work with David A. Robertson on the graphic novel 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga. He has also illustrated Vermette's graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo as well as Robertson's books graphic novel series The Reckoner and graphic novel Sugar Falls.
Donovan Yaciuk is a colourist from Winnipeg. He has done colouring work for books published by Marvel, DC, Dark Horse comics and HighWater Press. He began his career as a part of the legendary, now-defunct Digital Chameleon colouring studio.
Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. He was raised in North Delta, B.C., and uses his art as a means of exploring his family history and the experience of being an Indigenous person in Canada.
Assu received the B.C. Creative Achievement Award in First Nations art in 2011 and was one of the Laureates for the 2017 REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards.
Kyle Charles is an illustrator living in Edmonton and a member of Whitefish Lake First Nation. In 2020, he was asked to illustrate Marvel's Indigenous Voices #1. His work includes Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection and the Roche Limit: Clandestiny and Her Infernal Descent series. He has written and drawn short stories for publications like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine.
Scott A. Ford
Scott A. Ford is a comic creator, illustrator and designer based in Winnipeg. His work puts an emphasis on atmosphere, drawing inspiration from video games, graphic design, film and animation.
His comics include Romulus + Remus, Ark Land and Giants' Well, which received a 2017 Manitoba Book Award for book design and illustration.
Jen Storm is an Ojibway writer and artist from the Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. She was born and raised in Winnipeg and completed her first novel, Deadly Loyalties, when she was 14 years old.
Storm was a 2017 recipient for CBC Manitoba's Future 40 Under 40 and in 2019, she served as the writer-in-residence for One Book UWinnipeg at the University of Winnipeg. Fire Starters is her first graphic novel.
Natasha Donovan is a Métis illustrator who specializes in comics and children's books. Her illustrations have appeared in The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance, the Mothers of Xsan series by Brett Huson and the graphic novel Wonderful Women of History published by DC.
Her most recent book is the graphic novel Borders, which was adapted from a short story by Thomas King.
David A. Robertson is an author and graphic novelist of Swampy Cree heritage based in Winnipeg. He has published 25 books across a variety of genres, including the graphic novels Will I See? and Sugar Falls, a Governor General's Literary Award-winning picture book called When We Were Alone, illustrated by Julie Flett, and the YA book Strangers.
Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
Husband and wife duo Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley are the authors of several young adult graphic novels and children's books. Their work includes Tanna's Owl, Stories of Survival and Revenge: From Inuit Folklore and Skraelings, which won the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.
GMB Chomichuk is a writer, teacher and illustrator from Winnipeg. His work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels like Cassie and Tonk, Midnight City, Will I See?, Automatic Age, Arena City and Good Boys.
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm has written everything from radio plays and short stories to poetry and nonfiction. She taught creative writing and Indigenous literature at the University of Manitoba, the Banff Centre's Aboriginal Arts Program and the En'owkin International School of Writing in partnership with the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation on the Saugeen Peninsula in Ontario.
Ryan Howe is a comic artist, illustrator and graphic designer from Saskatoon. His work includes the Henchmen comics, Gun Street Girl: Volume 1, the Female Force collection and the ongoing Daisy Blackwood series.
Richard Van Camp is a Tlicho Dene writer from Fort Smith, N.W.T., who has written several books across multiple genres. His 1996 novel, The Lesser Blessed, was adapted into a film by First Generation Films. A Blanket of Butterflies, his graphic novel, was nominated for an Eisner Award and his children's book, Little You, illustrated by Julie Flett, was translated into Bush Cree, Plains Cree, South Slavey and Chipewyan.
Brandon Mitchell is an artist, writer and entrepreneur from Listuguj, a Mi'kmaq community located in southeastern Quebec. After studying animation, Mitchell returned home to teach art at Alaqsit'w Gitpu School. He began developing comic books as a way to teach Indigenous students about their culture.
Tara Audibert is a multidisciplinary artist of Wolastoqey and French heritage. She owns and runs Moxy Fox Studio, where she creates her award-winning works, including the animated short film The Importance of Dreaming, the comic Lost Innocence and the animated storytelling app Nitap: Legends of the First Nations.
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is an Anishinaabe writer and activist based in Winnipeg. He is an associate professor in the department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has co-edited three award-winning collections: Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.
Andrew Lodwick is an illustrator from Winnipeg. He is the co-founder of Parameter Press, a collective that works with artists and arts organizations to create custom prints via risograph technology. He graduated with a BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in 2005.
Chelsea Vowel is a Métis writer and educator whose work focuses on language, gender identity and cultural resurgence. Vowel is mother to six girls, has a BEd and LLB and is currently a graduate student and Cree language curriculum developer. She is the author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, which addresses stereotypes and assumptions about Indigenous issues and offers insight into the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. She also co-hosts the podcast Métis in Space.
- This post has been updated to reflect the correct bio for Chelsea VowelDec 17, 2021 2:33 PM ET