KC Oster talks about the middle-grade graphic novel ‘Rabbit Chase’

Here’s my chat with KC Oster about the middle-grade graphic novel entitled Rabbit Chase. 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.

KC is an Ojibwe Anishinaabe comic artist, and freelance illustrator based in the Rainy River District of (North Eastern) Ontario. KC has illustrated children’s books, graphic novels as well as creating an ongoing web based comics, often centered around indigenous characters. KC has a desire to create exciting characters that indigenous youth can see and relate to. When the busy day doesn’t involve drawing or exploring characters and ideas, KC can often be found studying and learning about different histories, languages, and cultures. KC illustrated the recently published middle-grade graphic novel Rabbit Chase written by Elizabeth LaPensée.

The story of Rabbit Chase from Annick Press goes like this: “Aimée, a non-binary Anishinaabe middle-schooler, is on a class trip to offer gifts to Paayehnsag, the water spirits known to protect the land. While stories are told about the water spirits and the threat of the land being taken over for development, Aimée zones out, distracting themselves from the bullying and isolation they’ve experienced since expressing their non-binary identity. When Aimée accidentally wanders off, they are transported to an alternate dimension populated by traditional Anishinaabe figures in a story inspired by Alice in Wonderland. To gain the way back home, Aimée is called on to help Trickster by hunting down dark water spirits with guidance from Paayehnsag. On their journey, Aimée faces off with the land-grabbing Queen and her robotic guards and fights the dark water spirits against increasingly stacked odds.”

You can discover more about KC on Twitter and Instagram at @kcpawz and online at kcpawz.com


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