THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics

Edited by Joe Ollmann and Alana Traficante
With an introduction by Jeet Heer
Co-published by Art Gallery of Hamilton

  • 9×11.5 inches,
  • 144 pages
  • softcover
  • black and white with 10 page full colour insert
  • ISBN 9781897407301
  • October 2019

This is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics reveals the considerable contributions artists from across the country are making to the greater field of global comics – of which Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton are significant creative centres.

Surveying the work of 47 contemporary Canadian artists, This is Serious showcases the energy of underground artistic production and indie publishing, expressed through a diverse range of artists.

Co-curated by Alana Traficante and award-winning cartoonist Joe Ollmann, This is Serious presents the recent arc of production that has helped shaped the current state of graphic storytelling, here and now, on home soil.

With contributions from Jeet Heer and Peggy Burns, and featuring the work of: contemporary and historical Hamilton artists such as David Collier, Jesse Jacobs, Sylvia Nickerson, Doug Wright, and James Simpkins; well-respected Canadian artists including Seth, Julie Doucet, Fiona Smyth and Chester Brown; and a national survey of artists working today, including Jillian Tamaki, Michael Deforge, Hartley Lin, Ho Che Anderson, Gord Hill, Kate Beaton, and Pascal Girard. Plus many more!

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