Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe

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Dundurn, Nov 11, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 223 pages

What do Superman, Prince Valiant, Cerebus the Aardvark, and Spawn have in common? Their creators ? Joe Shuster, Harold Foster, Dave Sim, and Todd McFarlane are Canadians. And while many of the cutting-edge talents of contemporary comix and graphic novels are also from Canada ? artists such as Chester Brown, Seth, Dave Cooper, and Julie Doucet ? far too few Canadians realize their country had a remarkable involvement with the "funnies" long before.

Invaders from the North profiles past and present comic geniuses, sheds light on unjustly neglected chapters in Canada's pop history, and demonstrates how this nation has vaulted to the forefront of international comic art, successfully challenging the long-established boundaries between high and low culture. Generously illustrated with black-and-white and colour comic covers and panels, Invaders from the North serves up a cheeky, brash cavalcade of flamboyant and outrageous personalities and characters that graphically attest to Canada's verve and invention in the world of visual storytelling.

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A fantastic summary and history of the Canadian Comic Scene from the creators who started it all for Canada, and the creators who've kept our individual imprint "alive". Lots of information is packed ... Read full review

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Without John Bell the history of Canadian comics wouldn't exist. Essentially his third book on the subject, it is one of few that make up the reference collection on the subject and includes everything from small press artists and authors to the epic writers such as Rand Holmes, Chester Brown and Dave Sim. Due to his years of collecting and documenting, John Bell has certainly put together what may have never been, a definitive and concise history of all things comic related. On top of that, it reads fantastic. 

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About the author (2006)

John Bell is a senior archivist at Library and Archives Canada and a leading authority on the history of English Canadian comic books. His contributions to the comics field include two books, Canuck Comics and Guardians of the North, and the websites Guardians of the North and Beyond the Funnies. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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