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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.)