A New Stamp Series Pays Tribute to Canada’s Iconic Graphic Novel Artists

Canada Post is delighted to announce the release of a special stamp series honoring Canadian graphic novel artists. This collection showcases four original illustrations by exceptionally talented graphic novel artists.

Martha Lucas
Une nouvelle série de timbres rend hommage aux artistes de romans graphiques emblématiques du Canada (Groupe CNW/Postes Canada)

Canada Post has proudly unveiled a new set of stamps dedicated to the illustrators of Canadian graphic novels. The series features the works of Chester Brown, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, and cousins Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, artists who have significantly contributed to this genre and now join the esteemed ranks of individuals celebrated by Canada Post for their storytelling prowess.

Graphic novels, which may encompass anthologies, memoirs, and other works, have risen in popularity over the last fifty years as a form of narrative art combining illustrations and text similar to comic books. The five honored artists on the new stamps have pushed the boundaries and elevated the art form, inspiring readers worldwide.

The stamp issue spotlight five influential artists:

Chester Brown is best known for his graphic novel “Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography,” for which he received the first-ever grant from the Canada Council for the Arts awarded to a comic book project.

Cousins Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, co-creators of the popular graphic novel “Skim,” their second award-winning collaboration, which powerfully narrates the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Michel Rabagliati, the creative mind behind the award-winning semi-autobiographical series “Paul.” His graphic novel “Paul à Québec” was even adapted into a film.

Seth gained prominence with the comic book series “Palookaville,” part of which was published as the award-winning graphic novel “Clyde Fans,” depicting the story of two brothers grappling with the decline of their family business.

About the Issue

For this stamp issue, the artists worked alongside Canada Post to create original and exclusive designs featuring their protagonists immersed in reading their own stories. Printed by Colour Innovations, the issue includes a booklet of eight Permanent™ domestic rate stamps and an official First Day Cover postmarked in London, Ontario.

The stamps and collectible items are available for purchase at post offices starting today and can be ordered online at canadapost.ca/shop.

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Martha Lucas is passionate about film and literature. She is working on her first novel and writes articles. In charge of the theater and books sections at MCM. Seville, Spain. Contact: martalucas (@) martincid (.) com
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