The Art Of The Graphic Novel Hands-on workshop with Chester Brown. Saturday (June 17), 1 to 4 pm. Free. North York Library, 5120 Yonge. Pre-register 416-395-5639. Rating: NNNNN
WHO : One of Toronto's most celebrated graphic novelists, Chester Brown began his career by self-publishing the mini-comic Yummy Fur. He went on to draw, among other things, Underwater, told from the point of view of an infant. With the publication of Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography in 2003, he took the genre to a new level and was named one of the best graphic novelists of 2004 by Time magazine.
WHAT : The Art Of The Graphic Novel, a free workshop Brown offers in his capacity as writer in residence at North York Public Library.
WHAT'S THE WORKSHOP ABOUT? " It's for anybody who wants to get together for a day and try out a page. Everyone will draw something and I'll give some feedback."
CAN YOU REALLY TEACH THIS? "Hearing other people's feedback is good, but I didn't go to school for this."
BIGGEST INFLUENCE? "My friend Seth. We became friends when we were both starting out, and influenced each other. I started reading underground artists like R. Crumb in the 60s. People who grew up with his stuff are now moving away from 60s concerns, which were more mature than the superheroes of the 50s but were still pretty juvenile."
FIRST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? "Jesus Christ Superstar."
FAVOURITE PLACE TO TRAVEL? " I hate travel."
FAVOURITE TV SHOW? "I don't have a TV -- or a computer!"
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT T.O.? "Toronto's perfect for feeding some of my sexual fetishes -- don't ask.