List of Canadian comics creators

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Canadian cartoonists have been active since the earliest days of cartooning, in both English and French, the two official languages of Canada.

Canadian cartoonists are prominently active in every area of comics and cartooning, from editorial and gag cartoons, to comic strips, comic books, graphic novels and webcomics.

Brief overview[edit]

While earlier examples of Canadian comics tend to imitate American and British examples, over the course of the 20th Century, Canadian cartoonists have cut out niches of their own, as in Hal Foster's pioneering adventure comic strip work on Tarzan and Prince Valiant;[1] in Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse, readers follow the characters as they grow older and deal with a variety of issues, unusual for the gag-a-day comic strip world of the latter 20th Century; Dave Sim's Cerebus tackled epic-sized themes over the course of a 6000-page, self-contained story, while providing new publishing models in the forms of self-publishing and graphic novel collections.

John Wilson Bengough and his Puck-inspired humour magazine Grip (1873–1892) was a popular forum for political cartoons in the earliest decades following Canadian Confederation in 1867.[2] At the start of the 20th century, Albéric Bourgeois brought what may have been the first continuing comic strip to use word balloons to Canadian newspapers when he created Les Aventures de Timothée in 1903.

In 1938, artist Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster, along with American writer Jerry Siegel, released Superman to the world, kickstarting the fledgling comic book industry while popularizing the superhero genre. During World War II, Canadian superhero comic books got their start when Adrian Dingle debuted Nelvana of the Northern Lights in Triumph Adventure Comics, one of the "Canadian whites", comic books with colour covers and black-and-white interiors that were common in Canada during the war years.[3]

Canadians made a bigger impact on alternative comics later in the century. Dave Sim's 6000-page epic Cerebus pushed creative boundaries while Sim pushing a model of self-publishing as an ideal. Chester Brown had a broad influence breaking taboos in his Yummy Fur series, and was part of an autobiographical comics trend in the 1990s that included Seth and Julie Doucet. Graphic novels have since become more prominent, and webcomics have also become a popular outlet for Canadian cartoonists.

What is "Canadian"?[edit]

The Joe Shuster Awards considers eligible anyone who has Canadian citizenship (regardless of residence) or permanent residence.[4] The following list reflects that inclusive philosophy in choosing who to consider "Canadian".

JS HoF = year of induction into the Joe Shuster Hall of Fame

CC HoF = year of induction into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame


Name Born Died Notable works Primary
Nationality JS HoF CC HoF Honours
Aislin 1942-11-11[5] Ottawa, Ontario[5] Editorial cartoons English Canadian OC
Adrian Alphona Runaways English
Kaare Andrews Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One, Spider-Man: Reign English Canadian
Ho Che Anderson 1969[6] London, England[6] English Canadian
Graham Annable 1970-06-01 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Grickle, Hickee English Canadian
Chris Bachalo 1965-08-23 Portage la Prairie[7] Death: The High Cost of Living, Shade the Changing Man, X-Men English
Bachle, LeoLeo Bachle 1926 2003 Johnny Canuck English Canadian 2005
BadoBado access-date=2011-12-15 Montréal, Québec[8] Editorial cartoons French


Walter Ball 1911 Rural Route English
Barré, RaoulRaoul Barré 1874-01-29 Montréal, Québec 1932-05-21 Montréal, Québec French Canadian


Sid Barron 1917-06-13[9] Toronto, Ontario[9] 2006-04-26[9] Victoria, British Columbia[9] Editorial cartoons English Canadian
Beaulieu, JimmyJimmy Beaulieu 1974 French Canadian
Kate Beaton 1983-09-08 Mabou, Nova Scotia[10] Hark! A Vagrant English Canadian
Marc Bell 1971-11-24[11] London, Ontario English Canadian
John Wilson Bengough 1851-04-07[12] Toronto, Ontario[12] 1923-11-02[12] Toronto, Ontario[12] Grip Ltd. English Canadian 2005
Stanley Berneche 1947 Windsor, Ontario Captain Canada English 2008
Ian Boothby English Canadian
David Boswell 1953[13] Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman English Canadian 2011
Rupert Bottenberg 1971-07-19 Wolfville, Nova Scotia English
Bourgeois, AlbéricAlbéric Bourgeois 1876-11-29[14] Montréal, Québec 1962-11-17[14] Les Aventures de Timothée French Canadian 2005
Sheree Bradford-Lea Hamilton, Ontario Editorial cartoons, Life Outside The Box cartoons, Freelance Single Panel (Gag) cartoons and comic strips English
Chester Brown 1960-05-16 Montréal, Québec Yummy Fur, Louis Riel English Canadian 2011
John Byrne 1950-06-06 West Bromwich, United Kingdom Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Superman, Alpha Flight, Next Men English American 2008
Roy Carless 1920-11-03 York County, Ontario 2009-01-02 Hamilton, Ontario Editorial cartoons English
Geneviève Castrée 1981 Loretteville, Québec French Canadian
Howard Chackowicz 1969 Laval, Québec English Canadian
Bernard Chang 1972 Montréal, Québec English American
Chapleau, SergeSerge Chapleau 1945-12-05 Montréal, Québec Editorial cartoons French Canadian
Chartier, AlbertAlbert Chartier 1912 2004 Onésime, Séraphin, Les Canadiens French Canadian 2007
Svetlana Chmakova 1979-10-07 Soviet Union Dramacon, Nightschool English Russian
Gary Clement 1959–07 Toronto, Ontario Editorial cartoons English
David Collier 1963-01-24[15] Windsor, Ontario[15] Collier's, Just the Facts, Surviving Saskatoon English Canadian
Darwyn Cooke DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, Richard Stark's Parker novel adaptations English Canadian
Dave Cooper 1967[16] Nova Scotia[16] Suckle, Crumple, Weasel English Canadian
William Garnet "Bing" Coughlin 1905-10-07 Ottawa, Ontario 1991-09-04 English
Fred Curatolo 1958[17] Toronto, Ontario Editorial cartoons English
Michael de Adder 1965-05-25[18] Moncton, New Brunswick[18] Editorial cartoons English
Willow Dawson 1975 English Canadian
Gene Day 1951-08-13[19] Kingston, Ontario[19] 1982-09-23[20] English Canadian
Stéphane Delaprée 1956 Paris, France English
Dingle, AdrianAdrian Dingle 1911 Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales 1974-12-22 Toronto, Ontario Nelvana of the Northern Lights English Canadian 2005
Andy Donato 1937 Scarborough, Ontario Editorial cartoons English
Doucet, JulieJulie Doucet 1965-12-31 Montréal, Québec Dirty Plotte French


Max Douglas 1970-09-15 Toronto, Ontario Therefore Repent!, Sea of Red, RevolveЯ English Canadian
Dale Eaglesham 1962 Justice Society of America, Alpha Flight English Canadian
Wally Fawkes 1924[21] Vancouver, British Columbia[21] Flook English
George Feyer 1921 Hungary 1967–03 Los Angeles, California English 2006
Patrick Fillion 1973 Québec Naked Justice English Canadian
Finch, DavidDavid Finch English Canadian
Hal Foster 1892-08-18[22] Halifax, Nova Scotia[22] 1982-07-25[22] Winter Park, Florida, United States[22] Prince Valiant English 2005
Fournier, PierrePierre Fournier 1949 Red Ketchup, Les Aventures du Capitaine Kébec, Croc, Michel Risque French Canadian 2008
Tom Fowler English Canadian
J. D. Frazer 1969 User Friendly English
Freeman, GeorgeGeorge Freeman 1951-05-27 Selkirk, Manitoba English Canadian 2010
Frise, JimmyJimmy Frise Scugog Island, Ontario 1948 Birdseye Center English Canadian 2009
Ed Furness 1911 United Kingdom 2005 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Freelance, Commander Steele English Canadian 2005
Brian Gable 1949[23] Saskatoon, Saskatchewan[23] Editorial cartoons English Canadian
Michel Gagné 1965 Roberval, Québec, Canada English
Gerhard 1959-04-14 Edmonton, Alberta Cerebus English Canadian
Gray, TonyTony Gray The Incredible Conduit English Canadian
Bus Griffiths 1913[24] Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan[24] 2006-09-25[24] Comox, British Columbia[24] Now You're Logging English Canadian
Groovie, AnnieAnnie Groovie 1970-04-11 Trois-Rivières, Québec Léon French Canadian
Grummett, TomTom Grummett 1959 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan "The Death of Superman" English Canadian
Guerra, PiaPia Guerra English Canadian
Ralph Hamelmann 1967-06-21 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador English
Glen Hanson Chelsea Boys English
Faith Erin Hicks Demonology 101, Zombies Calling, War at Ellesmere English Canadian
Holmes, RandRand Holmes 1942-02-22[25] Truro, Nova Scotia[26] 2002-03-15[25] Nanaimo, British Columbia Harold Hedd English Canadian 2005 2007
Hurtubise (cartoonist), JacquesJacques Hurtubise (cartoonist)

, aka ZYX

1950 Croc French Canadian 2007
Immonen, StuartStuart Immonen English Canadian
Isherwood, GeofGeof Isherwood 1960-12-04 Quantico, Virginia English American
Lynn Johnston 1947-05-28 Collingwood, Ontario[27] For Better or For Worse English 2008 OC, OM
Julien, HenriHenri Julien 1852-05-14[28] Québec City, Québec[28] 1908-09-17[28] French Canadian
Keown, DaleDale Keown 1962 Pitt English Canadian
Kerschl, KarlKarl Kerschl Toronto, Ontario English Canadian
Kim, EricEric Kim English
Kirk, LeonardLeonard Kirk United States English American
Kleinbergen, AdrianAdrian Kleinbergen 1961 Edmonton, Alberta English Canadian
Nikahang Kowsar 1969 Iran Editorial cartoons English Iranian
Dave Lapp Drop-In English
Julian Lawrence England[29] English
Lazare, GeraldGerald Lazare 1927 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Nitro, The Wing, The Dreamer, Drummy Young, Air Woman English Canadian 2007
Troy Little 1973-03-07 Prince Edward Island Chiaroscuro English Canadian
Graeme MacKay 1968[30] Editorial cartoons English Canadian
Duncan Macpherson 1924-09-20 Toronto, Ontario 1993-05-03 Beaverton, Ontario Editorial cartoons English CM
Jay Malone Kentville, Nova Scotia English
Manapul, FrancisFrancis Manapul English
Marcy, JasonJason Marcy Jay's Days English
Sean Martin 1960-12-29 Hereford, Texas Doc and Raider English
McAdam, MichaelMichael McAdam 1969-04-30 Fredericton, New Brunswick Thunder, Spectrum, Twilight Detective Agency, Gloaming, Diaperman English Canadian
McCall, BruceBruce McCall 1935 Simcoe, Ontario New Yorker cartoons English
McCall, TedTed McCall 1901 1975 Men of the Mounted, founder of Anglo-American Publishing, Freelance English Canadian 2008
McCarron, OwenOwen McCarron 1929 Halifax, Nova Scotia 2005-06-27 Ghost Rider, Spidey Super Stories, Marvel Fun and Games English Canadian 2006
McFarlane, ToddTodd McFarlane 1961-03-16 Calgary, Alberta Spawn English Canadian, American 2011
Mireault, BernieBernie Mireault 1961 Marville, France The Jam', Mackenzie Queen, Dr. Robot, Bug-eyed Monster English Canadian
Gabriel Morrissette 1959 Montreal, Quebec Northguard, Angloman, Fleur de Lys English Canadian
Mortimer, WinWin Mortimer 1919-05-01[31] Hamilton, Ontario[31] 1998-01-11[31] Superman, Superboy, Batman, Legion of Super-Heroes, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Scooter, Stanley And His Monster, Spider-Man, Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery, The Twilight Zone, Supernatural Thrillers. English Canadian 2006
Len Norris 1913 London, England 1997 Langley, British Columbia Editorial cartoons English
Oakley, MarkMark Oakley Thieves and Kings English Canadian
Bryan Lee O'Malley 1979[32] London, Ontario[32] Scott Pilgrim English Canadian/Korean
Paquette, YanickYanick Paquette English Canadian
Paradis, LouisLouis Paradis 1959-06-06[33] Montmagny, Quebec French Canadian
Roy Peterson 1936 Winnipeg, Manitoba Editorial cartoons English Canadian OC
Petričić, DušanDušan Petričić Editorial cartoons English
Rabagliati, MichelMichel Rabagliati 1961[34] Montréal, Québec[34] Paul series French Canadian
Adrian Raeside 1957[35] Dunedin, New Zealand[35] Editorial cartoons English
Requin, SteveSteve Requin 1968-06-21 Montréal, Québec MensuHell French Canadian
Rodier, YvesYves Rodier 1967-06-05 Farnham, Québec French Canadian
Vic Roschkov, Sr. 1941 Kiev, Soviet Ukraine Editorial cartoons English
Saba, ArnArn Saba 1947 Vancouver, British Columbia Neil the Horse English Canadian
SethSeth 1962-09-16 Clinton, Ontario Palookaville, It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken English Canadian
Mark Shainblum 1963 Montreal, Quebec Northguard, Angloman, Fleur de Lys English Canadian
Shapton, LeanneLeanne Shapton English
Joe Shuster 1914-07-10[36] Toronto, Ontario[37] 1992-07-30[38] Superman English Canadian until 1945, American 2005
Sim, DaveDave Sim 1956-05-17[39] Hamilton, Ontario[39] Cerebus English Canadian 2006
James Simpkins 1910-11-26[40] Winnipeg, Manitoba[40] 2004-02-01[41] Dundas, Ontario[41] Jasper the Bear English Canadian
Skroce, SteveSteve Skroce English Canadian
Soo, KeanKean Soo England Jellaby English
St. Ables, JonJon St. Ables 1912-12-23[42] Ulverston, England[42] 1999[42] Seattle, Washington Piltdown Pete, Brok Windsor, Bill Speed English Canadian 2006
Steacy, KenKen Steacy 1955-01-08 The Sacred and the Profane, Night and the Enemy, Astro Boy, Johnny Quest, Tempus Fugitive English Canadian 2009
Stephens, JayJay Stephens 1971-03-22 Toronto, Ontario Chick & Dee, Oh, Brother! English Canadian
Noreen Stevens 1962[43] Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario[43] The Chosen Family English Canadian
Stewart, CameronCameron Stewart Toronto, Ontario English Canadian
Philip Street 1959 Fisher English
Paul Szep 1941-07-29 Hamilton, Ontario Editorial cartoons English American
Tamaki, JillianJillian Tamaki Ottawa, Ontario[44] Skim English
Templeton, TyTy Templeton 1962-05-09 Stig's Inferno, Batman Adventures, Justice League English Canadian
Charles Thorson 1890-08-29[45] Winnipeg, Manitoba[45] 1966-08-07[45] Vancouver, British Columbia[45] Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd English Canadian
To, MarcusMarcus To 1983-10-20 English Canadian
Wyatt Tremblay 1960 Jasper, Alberta Editorial cartoons English
Upton, ColinColin Upton 1960-04-02 Winnipeg, Manitoba English Canadian
Valium, HenrietteHenriette Valium 1959-05-04 English Canadian
Whalley, PeterPeter Whalley 2007-09-18 Saint-Jérôme, Quebec English Canadian 2005
Ben Wicks 1926-10-01 London, England 2000-09-10 English CM
Doug Wright II 1917-08-07 Dover, Kent, England 1983 Doug Wright's Family (Nipper) English 2005
Avrom Yanovsky 1911[46] Krivoy Rog, Ukraine[46] 1979 English

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hirsh, Michael; and Loubert, Patrick. The Great Canadian Comic Books. Peter Martin Associates, 1971. ISBN 0-88778-065-2
  • Bell, John. Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1-55002-659-7
  • Bell, John. Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art. National Archives of Canada, 1992. ISBN 0-662-19347-4
  • Bell, John. Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Books Published in Canada. Matrix Books, 1986. ISBN 0-921101-00-7


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