Comic historian Dennis Slater discusses the impact of Canadian comics from the prairies

Here’s my chat with Dennis Slater about the history of Canadian comic book creators from the prairies. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Dennis is a jazz journalist for arts and entertainment magazines, museum curator at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and was curator for an exhibit that dealt with censorship in Canada in the 1950s. That led to his interest in comic books during the world wars. My most recent chat with Dennis in 2018 focused on Canadian comic books during the first and second World Wars. For this interview, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the ‘Canadian Whites’ based on the March 1941 publication of Better Comics volume one #1, we focused efforts on the ‘Canadian White’ comic book creators from the Canadian prairies. And to take advantage of Dennis’ love of jazz, as an extra bonus, we chat about Scott Chantler’s Bix.

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Jasper The Bear by James Simpkins

Better Comics 1946 by John Stables

Brock Windsor ad by John Stables

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