Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

WHAZAMO! Profile: Megan Speers

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WHAZAMO! Profile: Megan Speers

Name:
Megan Speers

Hometown:
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Role:
Printmaker/illustrator

Latest work:
A wordless graphic novel called Wanderlust.

What's it about in a nutshell:
It's about being young and punk rock in small-town Northern Ontario, and the adventures and challenges that follow.

What first inspired you to create comics or graphic novels?
Seeing Frans Masereel`s work The City stuck with me — I really enjoyed the idea of using traditional print techniques to make a narrative.

What for you makes a comic or graphic novel AWESOME!?
I'm a sucker for great drawings, especially in black and white, or with really subtle colouring. Dark humour and misanthropism seem to permeate my comics collection as well.

What subjects are you obsessed with?
Youth, history, family, outsider subcultures, anarchism and lifestyle politics.

If you weren't doing comics or graphic novels, what would you be doing?
Focusing more on the other things I do, like illustrating for local anarchist publications, fixing up my bike more and riding it everywhere, and always making stuff.

What's your favourite graphic novel of all time?
A tie between Dan Clowes Ghost World and Charles Burns`Black Hole, at the moment.

What are you working on now?
The next issue of the Molotov Rag and my next book, which will be about family history, feminism and class struggle.

Megan Speers is a working artist, bookmaker and zine maker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work focuses on exploring adolescence and childhood from a non-traditional perspective, often addressing themes of gender, multiculturalism and sexuality. She is also very much interested in satanism and the occult as expressions of alternative moralities, as well as outsider subcultures and how they fill the hidden nooks and crannies of every city.

For more information about Wanderlust please visit the Porcupine's Quill website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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