“THE BEST COMICS ARTIST IN ALL OF NORTH AMERICA ON THE TOPIC OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.” -ROBERT CRUMB
The Weakly Dispatch series came into being pre-plague 2020 after friends kept nagging me to go back to autobio, so I kicked it off by celebrating charges being dropped on a garbage infraction & hoped to continue with more lighthearted fare. No such luck! Episode 2 was written the day before Quebec announced its first Covid case. Then came lockdown & Covid hijacked the strip since that’s all that was on my cooped-up mind 24/7 just like everyone else. But it isn’t just about the pandumbic! It’s also about (self)cancel-culture, beating off, gentrification, social upheaval, Spam™ (the luncheon meat), cartoonist eulogies, “pinkwashing,” crappy landlords, arrested development, dystopian speculative sci-fi, noisy neighbours, cockroaches, “Karens,” stunted musicians, gated communities, teeth grinding, & of course vaccines. After several of which, by late-2021, exasperated & inoculated, I swore I’d never draw another instalment until Covid was outta the picture. As we all know, the plague’s still very much with us as of this date, so that spelled the end of its run. At least for now, that is. 144 full colour pages from Conundrum Press! Includes a foldout map & a very unusual intro by one of the most influential cartoonists in the world; Robert Crumb! Sample panels below!
Official Montreal launch/signing in booth B23 @ MCAF (Montreal Comics Arts Festival) on St-Denis between Gilford & Roy, May 27, 5-7pm, May 28, 2-3pm, & May 29, 3-4pm.
Additional Montreal signing at the Drawn & Quarterly store June 14 at 3 PM (211 Bernard Ouest).
Official Toronto launch/signing at the Conundrum Press table @ TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) June 18 from 4 to 5 PM & June 19 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.