K̲aax̱ul Naay

Photo of softcover book Kaaxul Naay

Last summer I had the honour to be a small part of a great program to record and recover the Haida language in Haida Gwaii. The Skidegate Haida Immersion Program is creating a large number of small books, each focusing on a specific part of the language and culture. Each book has a story with text in Haida, with an enclosed CD of an elder speaking the book’s text.

Small images of all of the pages of the book

In my case, I was assigned The Bathroom, or as it’s said in Haida, K̲aax̱ul Naay. I created 18 images in ink, watercolour and coloured pencil, then add the Haida text word balloons digitally.

An image of an adult grizzly bear in clothes handing a roll of toilet paper to a young bear under the door of a public toilet stall

It was a lot of fun!

All of the original paintings on a drawing table

The Cow-Moon Trilogy

Recently, I got a chance to revisit an older piece of mine in the best possible by creating two more finishing off a trilogy!

The original illustration :

Cow with Rocket strapped on, holding a lit map, with basic plans and a large moon overhead
To the Moon!, aka Holstein Hoist

And now, the continuing exploration of the relationship between the bovine and lunar:

Sinisterly happy cow holds sceptre as laser beam behind cracks open the moon in the sky
The Future is Cow!, aka Red Angus Attack

Large black cow in leather with sword on back stand in a wasteland, with shattered moon in sky.
Post-Apocalypse Cow, aka Highland Horror

Shortlisted for Lane Anderson Award

While this isn’t directly related to the drawing side of my life, an award nomination is always worth mentioning!

My latest book, Canada Recycles, which I co-wrote with my wife Laura Suzuki, has been shortlisted for the Lane Anderson Award in the Young Readers category! The Lane Anderson Award celebrates the best science writing in Canada, and we’re delighted to be included in such company. There’d never been a book detailing recycling in Canada—and books about other regions were written years ago—so this project demanded a lot of primary source research to discover the current state of recycling of a variety of materials in Canada. It’s nice to be noticed: this sort of thing takes a lot of time to talk to the folks on the front line, assemble and then write in a friendly—and accurate—way.

So thanks to the Lane Anderson committee for putting us on the shortlist!