Fortunately, researcher John Bell has uncovered many secrets behind Canada's unique characters and their creators in Invaders From The North, a full, fascinating record of English-language Canadian comics.
begins with their 19th century roots - did you know the Kodak
'Brownie' box camera was named after Canadian Palmer Cox's pixie phenomenon The Brownies?
identifies one strong candidate for Canada's first graphic novel as Southern Cross from 1951, told in 118 textless woodcuts.
also celebrates national superhero Captain Canuck; I'd echo his praise of George Freeman's visual storytelling "...for the sheer joy of its unrestrained, square-jawed heroism".
follows through to the 21st century rise of adult graphic novels, rightly spotlighting Chester Brown as an outstanding exemplar.
In fact, not only are Canadians continuing to contribute enormously to that juggernaut, but their unique local voices are being hailed as first-rate around the world and, as Bell's
book and TCAF show, at home
by John Bell