Canadian Writers & Illustrators
Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, creators of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Skim, comes a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy. -This One Summer
Why Read Them?
Some of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels and comics have either been written or illustrated by Canadians. Famous graphic novelist Brian Vaughan is not a Canadian himself (though his wife is from Ottawa), but most of his major titles were illustrated by Canadians. The classic Y: The Last Man (Pia Guerra), the supremely popular ongoing Saga (Fiona Staples), the survival story Pride of Baghdad (Niko Henrichon), and of course We Stand on Guard (Scott Skroce) were all produced with Canadian talent. Even one of the most famous comic book heroes of all time, Superman himself, was created by a Canadian! Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series was a major boost to the Canadian comics scene, and significantly helped raised the profile of the graphic novel medium in general. And of course, our favourite dark and brooding X-Man character, Wolverine, might be the most famous Canadian comic book character. We've collected some of the very best titles below by celebrated creators below, so definitely give them a shot to see first-hand the deep contributions Canadians have made to the world of graphic novels.
While there are many Canadian writers and artists to check out, two key Canadian authors that are especially worthwhile to keep an eye on are Jeff Lemire and Mariko Tamaki. Lemire is a veteran of the industry who's worked with all of the major publishers. He's also written a number of graphic novels that either focus on or are set in Canada, including a recent collaboration with The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie. Mariko Tamaki is also on the rise (along with her cousin Jillian Tamaki) after winning an Eisner Award and a Governor General Award for This One Summer. She is now taking the reigns of The Tomb Raider franchise, and is set to work on new Hulk and Supergirl series with Marvel & DC Comics. Check out their graphic novels below, as well as titles by many other Canadian writers and illustrators by clicking the cover images below.