UPTON Colin

UPTON Colin

Born, 1960 in Winnipeg.

He moved to West Vancouver with his family at age 4 years. In 1978 he entered the Vancouver School of Decorative & Applied Arts which, in the same year, changed its name to the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and later in 2008 became the Emily Carr University Of Art and Design. He dropped out in his 4th year due to failing grades and the death of his father.

His interest in cartooning was omnivorous, but it was the English translations of Asterix The Gaul and Tintin set the course of his future course. His work is heavily autobiographical (a direction inspired by Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor) supplemented by his reading, history, politics etc.

He used the mini comic format because there had been no publishers in Vancouver specializing in graphic periodicals since the days of World War 2, and because he was just starting out it was a good learning medium and a way to become recognized.

His four issue Big Thing series came about when Fantagraphics began publishing porn comics in order to stay afloat.

WORK:

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BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Story:

“The Loon.” Epic Canadiana, v.2. Ed., Bevan Thomas. Cloudscape Comics Society, Oct. 2015: 27-40.

“The Loon & The Flock.” Epic Canadiana, v.1. Ed., Bevan Thomas. Cloudscape Comics Society, 2013: 48-67.

SOURCE:

Interview:

A telephone interview by Mel Taylor (not published) 31 March 2018.