David Alexander Robertson, Scott B. Henderson, Andrew Lodwick and Wai Tien -- Book LaunchThursday May 08 2014 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Launch of the Tales from Big Spirit series (Portage & Main Press) hosted by Monique Woroniak (Librarian and Indigenous Literature Advocate).
Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of some of the great Indigenous figures from Canadian history – some already well known and others who deserve to be. The titles in the series are The Peacemaker (Thanadelthur), The Scout (Tommy Prince), The Ballad of Nancy April (Shawnadithit), The Rebel (Gabriel Dumont), The Land of Os (John Ramsey), and The Poet (Pauline Johnson).
David Alexander Robertson, a Swampy Cree writer, is author of the graphic novels The Life of Helen Betty Osborne, 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga, and Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story. David’s work has also been featured in the anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. He is currently co-creator and a writer for the television series, The Reckoner. A collection of short stories is forthcoming.
Scott B. Henderson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. His many projects include working as colourist and illustrator for comics, portraiture, advertising art, and two WWII comics for the Canadian Air Force’s For Valour series. In addition to his own sci-fi/fantasy comic, The Books of Era, he collaborated with David Alexander Robertson as illustrator on 7 Generations and Sugar Falls.
Andrew Lodwick is a lifelong resident of Winnipeg. Since graduating with a BFA Honours in printmaking from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 2005, he has worked primarily at Martha Street Studio as a technician, instructor, and custom printer. He maintains a personal art practice on the side. This is his first graphic novel.
Wai Tien graduated with honours from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. When he’s not busy drawing comics or painting murals, Wai pulls double duty on guitar and vocals with his band, All On Red. He lives in Winnipeg with his partner, Marissa. This is his first published work.