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Canadian graphic novels

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Maio 31, 2011, 12:36 am

Hey everyone. I'm a librarian-in-training, and I was wondering, can you think of any graphic novels out there by Canadian authors (particularly those emphasizing Canadian history, culture or themes) for young readers? (By young readers, I mean readers, I mean 14 and earlier, as opposed to the official YALSA definition). Are there any you can think of that fit that criteria, and any that would be unsuitable for the age group in question?

Thanks. I've just recently been exploring the work of Canadian graphic novelists like Jeff Lemire and Chester Brown, and any input you can give me would be great.

Out 5, 2012, 5:57 pm

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Try David H.T. Wong's Escape to Gold Mountain. It comes out this November from Arsenal Pulp Press, which is based in Vancouver. They have other comics and graphic novels as well, and may be a good launch point for finding other books for young readers.

Out 6, 2012, 9:00 am

I really enjoyed Essex County by Jeff Lemire. And it sounds like you've already discovered Chester Brown's Louis Riel

Out 13, 2012, 10:10 pm

I loved Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown. Another book about WW11 that is in graphic form is Two Generals by Scott Chantler. The graphic novel of Two Generals is probably even more suitable to that age group. It's the story of two Canadian soldiers who ship out of Atlantic Canada and end up being part of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. It was very excellent!

Out 15, 2012, 2:26 pm

I don't really understand why my post above was deleted, as it was relevant to the conversation. Anyways, for graphic novels by Canadian artists, there is David HT Wong's new Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America. He was born in Canada and lives in Vancouver, B.C. His book, while it does include the U.S., spends a majority of its time in Canada as many Chinese immigrants built the railroad. Canada also passed several anti-immigration laws (most of which prevented immigration by required a "head tax").

I don't know of any other specific graphic novels that focus on Canadian history, though I bet there are a bunch of artists who are Canadian! To be fair, I don't think many people think of someone's nationality when looking for graphic novels and comics. I think more of the content of the book itself, so I think a focus on Canadian culture and history may suit your search.