Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Whazamo! Profile: Lesley Fairfield

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Whazamo! Profile: Lesley Fairfield

Name:
Lesley Fairfield

Hometown:
Toronto

Website:
www.tla1.com

Role:
Artist/Writer

Latest work:
The graphic novel Tyranny.

What’s it about in a nutshell?
Tyranny is about a girl called Anna, and her struggle with anorexia and bulimia, and of the friends she meets along the way.

What first inspired you to create comics or graphic novels?
I was trying to write Tyranny and add illustrations, but began to notice graphic novels, and realized that that was the only way to create the book - in imagery, because anorexia is all about image.

What for you makes a comic or graphic novel AWESOME!?
I like it when artists experiment with their imagery and when characters are believable and real to me- not to mention a story that you can’t put down!

What subjects are you obsessed with?
At the moment, body image, and our society’s role in creating anxiety around our bodies is an important subject to me.

If you weren’t doing comics or graphic novels, what would you be doing?
Gee, I might be on a canoe trip right about now! I love the wilderness.

What’s your favourite graphic novel of all time?
That is a hard one. I like so many, including Persepolis, because it’s a story of one girl’s escape from oppression, - a theme close to my heart.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on an animation which is a whole other kind of art form. It’s fantastic to watch the drawings move, and we’ll see where it ends up!

Lesley Fairfield is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in illustration. Her work appears in many children’s books. Lesley’s personal thirty-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia has informed her work concerning body image, which has appeared in “Dance in Canada” magazine and in York University’s International Women’s Studies Journal.

For more information about Tyranny please visit the Tundra Books website.

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