I had the chance to meet and chat with graphic novelist, Scott Chantler, about writing, publishing and editing last night at the central Library. Scott is the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, and the first cartoonist to receive this appointment from a Canadian university. His novel TWO GENERALS was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012, and named by the CBC as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time.
Given the fact that very few of the men and women that fought in the World Wars are still with us to share the reality of the price that had to be paid for the freedoms and privileges we take for granted today, I have to tell you that the comic-book style of “Two Generals” makes it the perfect gateway for a generation of kids who will never know. Don’t let the comic handle fool you. This is a gorgeous, evocative and very adult graphic memoir, with an important (and very emotional) story to tell. There’s a reason it’s so acclaimed.
Scott is funny, candid and very generous with the wisdom he shares. I came away with lots of helpful new insights! He’s back at the central library (850 Ouellette) this Thursday night from 7-9 to talk about “Two Generals”. Worth coming out to catch that!
Thanks to children’s librarian (and all-round kickass Adventure Diva), Janet Brown, for the heads-up on this, and library self-publishing guru, Sue Perry for making the opportunities available.