Hamilton's alternative cartoonist draws city as he found it

“Hamilton's alternative cartoonist draws city as he found it--gritty” / Hamilton Spectator / Rob Faulkner / January 4, 2003

Collier puts the outsider's pain in his pen
David Collier's North End art room has the whiff of obsessive genius: walls caovered with old comics, letters from his mentor Robert Crumb and and books that have won him critical acclaim.

Still at 39, Collier is an outsider. He's among canada's best alternative comic artists, with a strip in a national newspaper and a new book of his, hamilton Sketches. But beyond superheroes, comic ccelebraity is rare.

"Being the greatest cartoonist in the world is like being the greatest badninton player in the world. Nobody cares," says Collier, surrounded by clippings on clothes pegs in his home on McNab Street North.

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