Writer, journalist, comic reader, Cartoon Historian,
intermittent blogger, and over-tired family man Brad Mackay is the author of
a biographical essay which appears in The Collected Doug Wright
Volume One (Drawn and Quarterly, 2009).
First of a two-volume set, the book – designed by
known Canadian cartoonist Seth - presents a comprehensive
look at the life and career of one of the most-read, best-loved
cartoonists of the 1960s. The work draws from thousands of pieces
of art, pictures, and letters, plus the artist’s own journals, and
provides a picture of the British-born Wright as both cartoonist
and human being. It follows his artistic development from earliest
unpublished works through to the introduction of his most enduring
comic strip, Nipper. First published in 1949, a full year before
the debut of Peanuts, it memorably captured both the humorous and
frustrating side of parenting.
I spoke with Brad in Ottawa. We use
Wright as a wedge to lever our way into the history of
illustration, comics and graphic novels. Toward the end of our
discussion Brad provides some tips for those interested in
collecting comics and graphic novels.
Combine the human desire to know (Aristotle) with the joy found in good conversation (Montaigne) and a wish to share the results, and you have the idea behind why I host and produce The Biblio File.
"I want to learn as much as I can about 'the book,' and to communicate what I learn, to those who share my interest. The best way to do this, I figure - in addition to reading a lot - is to question and engage with authors, yes, but also book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents. Bibliophiles. People who, like me, love books."
The results are here for you to listen to.
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