GUY DELISLE in the Montreal Mirror

“Despots and ink pots” / The Montreal Mirror / Rupert Bottenberg / January 5, 2010

Unlike the Balkan and Palestinian investigations of Joe Sacco, the sociological travelogues of Quebec City-born comic artist Guy Delisle aren’t particularly political. Shenzhen (2000), the first of his books in this mode, was born out of a run-of-the-mill animation gig in China, while 2003’s Pyongyang found Delisle in North Korea.

The most recent, 2007’s Burmese Chronicles, saw Delisle tailing his wife, a Médecins Sans Frontières administrator, to yet another totalitarian Asian state for a further round of his wry, intimate, highly observational efforts. With a simple yet effective graphic style and a knack for capturing telling little details, Delisle paints portraits that no austere foreign policy report could offer.

Delisle showcases this strain of his work with a slideshow and discussion at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore (211 Bernard) tonight, Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., free.

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