Well, this one's not much of an artistic wonder, but it does provide a snapshot of my 1991 state of mind. Back at home (Calgary, as depicted in one of the lower ornaments) feeling crowded in with my family (next to the the Calgary ornament) and dog (at the top); going to U of C (a wasteland of big cold square buildings connected by walking paths) and studying Shakespeare (the guy in the ruffled collar); but my heart was still in Germany (hence the medieval house and the Hanseatic ship... and the German-style writing of "91"). In fact, I was already plotting to get away from Calgary, but that wouldn't happen until 1992. To be continued!
Keep on going to the next Christmas card from 1992.
Graphic recorder based in Calgary. I like local stories. I write comics when I have free time. And I leave eraser shavings everywhere I go.
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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