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Harnessing the power of images to tell the real story of heroin use in Canada

In Heroin: An Illustrated History, scholar and activist Susan Boyd wanted to tell the story not only of how heroin went from prescribed drug to illegal substance, but also of the harm-reduction activists and heroin users who have mounted a sustained resistance to prohibition and called attention to the continued overdose crisis.

Over a series of six comic panels, a man driving a car has a conversation with his dog, Stella, about his concern that he might relapse into drinking on his cross-country journey.

Writing a graphic memoir on the road reminded Jon Claytor that life is about the journey, not the destination

When he set off in 2019 for an artist’s residency in Prince Rupert, B.C., Jon Claytor packed his paints and canvases, but he soon found himself scribbling line drawings on his tablet to record his cross-country travels. Those collected reflections became Take the Long Way Home, published this month by Conundrum Press.


April 20th, 2022

12:22 pm

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