I had to stop writing comics for my community newsletter earlier this year because it's just gotten way too busy around here. And, I was having a hard time finding thrilling new stories every month (not due to a lack of thrilling things in the hood... more due to my lack of time to track the stories down). Anyway, this month I was thinking so much about a certain back-to-school story that I asked the newsletter team if I could write a comic strip about it. They ran it and here it is.
This story isn't specific to Ramsay (although there certainly seem to be a lot of youthful hipster couples in my neighbourhood these days!). It's my message to all Calgarians who have children attending school: Get involved! School council is just one way. What are you doing? And if you have any great ideas, feel free to send them along. I have a feeling this school-themed comic strip might turn into a monthly thing... if I can come up with enough material. Somehow I have a feeling that won't be a problem... !
I am a 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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