New Stuff (a.k.a. The Blog)....

Return to home page

... including many additions of photos and correspondence to the on-line parts of Vanishing British Columbia and Vancouver Remembered

and ...

pages about Toshiko and 2050, my graphic novels

 

...and/or go to the Facebook page
  – this is the most up-to-date
source of what's happening

Contact me

...updated January 3, 2017


Some photos from Al Hosokawa about his Japanese-Canadian family in the Shuswap post-war.
(The best rural school photo interior I've seen)

... updated December 21, 2016



+ reviews and comments about 2050 and Toshiko

• and a very informative piece by Al Hosokawa about Japanese-Canadian families in the Tappen area.


... updated December 10, 2016



A commission (added to the Commissions page) from a snowy December in Vancouver.

... updated November 30, 2016

Reviews coming in for 2050 (click to see more) ...



...updated November 20, 2016



Watercolours, pencil drawings and snapshots from a recent trip through parts of southern France,
added to the long list of journeys indexed on my travel page.

...updated October 30, 2016

2050: A Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery, my new graphic novel, will be launched on November 9th, 7 pm, at the Book Warehouse at 4118 Main Street. Please come to the launch and check out a preview of the book here.



...updated October 24, 2016



Just back from a few weeks in France with sketches and watercolours needing to be finished...

...updated September 1, 2016

You can download a 4-page teachers' guide to Toshiko by clicking below...




...updated July 22, 2016

Summertime is commission-painting time: a couple of additions to that page.



...updated July 10, 2016

A piece avec moi on the CBC national program The Current about Vancouver and its housing woes.

...updated July 5, 2016



Prompted by the talk I gave on Bowen last month, I've put the images and text, more or less, onto this site here as part of the ongoing Vanishing B.C. project.

And, on July 15th, I'll be moderating another of the SFU Philosophers' Café events, this time on graphic novels – are they for dummies or are they a real art/literary form?

(Postscript: afterwards, as they ask you to do, I sent in the following to SFU, for their records, of a good discussion involving several librarians and a college instructor who attended:

•all children's books are graphic novels.
•graphic novels manage to tell both light and serious stories.
•the most accessible graphic novels tell a story from a personal point of view, i.e. first-person narration.
•a combination of cinematic artwork and text is very inviting for a reader; the best graphic novels tell part of the story visually, part of it textually
•early graphic novel pioneers include Franz Masereel and Lynn Ward; other classics include Maus, Persepolis, and works by Joe Sacco. Chester Brown's Louis Riel tells a complex story with very spare, elegant artwork.
•ESL speakers (or any second-language speakers in any culture) can get clues from the visual aspects of a graphic novel to bridge the gap in their comprehension of the language.
•graphic novels, such as Shigeru Mizuki's Showa series, may be a way to open a door into a deep understanding of history, while providing good historical grounding themselves.
•hybrids of "comics" pages followed by text are another way that the graphic novel format can tell stories.]


...updated June 16, 2016
A few last-minute notices of events:

June 17, "Whatever Happened to Free Time?" one of the SFU Philosophers' Café events, at the Oakridge Library at 7 pm.



June 19, I'll be talking and showing paintings from earlier days (at least my own earlier days) on Bowen at the AGM of the Bowen Island Historical Society, 2:30 pm.

June 20 – 24, my course (a set of 5 lectures) called Musings on Historic Vancouver, part of the UBC Continuing Studies program.


...updated May 11, 2016


We don't have a publication date yet for 2050, but it will be this year.
I'm at VanCAF at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 21–22. It's free, drop by!


...updated April 1st (though not April Fool's Day), 2016


What have I been doing lately? Working on a second graphic novel, explaining my absence.

I've added a few notes to the Vanishing BC sections, including pictures of the now-demolished Judge Haynes house in Osoyoos, some more correspondence and photos about North Bend, and a 2000 article about a reunion of people at Tranquille.

Upcoming events include a couple of talks about Toshiko, teaching at UBC during the summer, teaching at SFU Harbour Centre in the fall, and a variety of other lectures, all to be added as the dates get closer.


...updated February 13, 2016

Art and a bit of writing from our recent trip to Morocco, with time spent in Spain en route, added to the long list of trips on my travel page.

...updated February 8, 2016


This is a good long podcast interview with Barry Link about Toshiko. Click on the image above to go to it or find it in the review section on the Toshiko page.

...updated January 12, 2016
I don't normally flag additions to the Vanishing BC pages, as there are too many of them, but the set of photos of the Tranquille Sanatorium is very good, as is the information from Tara Rose about Blakeburn, including a pay sheet of her grandfather's from 1929 – wages of $5.60 a day for a coal miner.


Go to Earlier Newstuff

Contact me

Return to home page