Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

WHAZAMO! Profile: Stefan Berg

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WHAZAMO! Profile: Stefan Berg

Name:
Stefan Berg

Hometown:
Toronto

Website:
LowerDawesStudio.blogspot.com

Role:
Artist/creator

Latest work:
Let That Bad Air Out Buddy Bolden's Last Parade.

What’s it about in a nutshell:
The roots of New Orleans Parade music; the tragic end of Buddy Bolden's musical career.

What first inspired you to create comics or graphic novels?
Frans Masereel, the creator of the Wordless Graphic Novel who used wood engravings to tell a story.

What for you makes a comic or graphic novel AWESOME!?
The image, how much you can tell with out words .

What subjects are you obsessed with?
Contrasts of costume and nudity, nature and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death.

If you weren’t doing comics or graphic novels, what would you be doing?
Writing poetry and making films.

What’s your favourite graphic novel of all time?
Passionate Journey by Frans Masereel, without a doubt.

What are you working on now?
A wordless graphic novel involving over 100 characters and many different narrative threads of historical fiction, which intersect and weave around one another. My story will depict a street level portrait of the archetypal city through glimpses of the lives and minds of those who live in and around it. Passages will shuffle positions in time and place; developing brief story lines and character sketches derived from art history, literature and cinema. Caravaggio flees Rome with a price on his head while Frans Masereel creates the wordless novel in Berlin and Blind Willie McTell sings in the New York City subway.

Stefan Berg was born in Toronto, in 1985. He is the recipient of the Emerging Visual Artist Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, 2010. In December 2007, The Porcupines Quill published his wordless graphic novel, Let That Bad Air Out: Buddy Bolden’s Last Parade, launch at David Mirvish Books. Stefan has given artist lectures at OCAD, he has been featured in The Toronto Star and appeared in interview on Benmergui in The Morning, JazzFM. His painting and printmaking can be viewed at The Drabinsky Gallery, 114 Yorkville Ave, The O’Connor Gallery, 145 Berkeley St. or online at LowerDawesStudio.blogspot.com.

For more information about Let That Bad Air Out: Buddy Bolden’s Last Parade please visit the Porcupine's Quill website.

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