Local cartoonist David Lester was recently interviewed by the CBC about his graphic novel 1919, about the Winnipeg General Strike of that year. The Winnipeg General Strike was a pivotal event in Canadian history that isn’t well-known by the majority of Canadians. It was a consolidation of the labour movement with immigrant groups, it sewed the seeds of the foundation of the NDP, and lead to a transformation of the role of the RCMP, as the police worked to quell the protest. I’m looking forward to reading this book and learning more about these events.
The CBC interview also takes us inside David’s studio, where we can see some of the very cool techniques he’s using in his cartooning process. Check out the article and the video of the interview right here!