“Comics are where illustration, design, and storytelling all intersect, and in terms of contemporary graphic design, that’s where I see a lot of exciting things happening, a lot of important voices emerging. It seems to mirror a renewed interest in books and printing.” From “Jonathan Dyck: Better living through graphic design …”
This Winnipeg based illustrator and graphic designer first graduated with a degree in English from Canadian Mennonite University. After graduating from CMU he worked for a year at CMU Press. This experience helped shift his interest towards graphic art. Nevertheless, he then earned a Master of Arts in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta. This was followed by graduation from a three year Design Studies course at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in Geez, Maisonneuve, and Walrus. For Walrus He partnered with Christine Kampen Robinson, a University of Waterloo PhD candidate in German studies with an interest in Mennonites, to create the cartoon strip “Mennonites Talking About Miriam Toews”. Miriam Toews is an author most noted for her novel A Complicated Kindness, which was set in a Mennonite community in Manitoba’s Bible belt. This interesting use of the cartoon strip organizes interviews with a large number of persons. Most interesting are the portraits where the person says nothing. Why? See below.
In 2018, for the Four Panel Project, he contributed “Market” an experimental work based on the four panel format. It appeared in 4 Panel 2. No Goals is a collection exploring toxic minor hockey culture.
BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
4 Panel 2. Ed., Mark Laliberte. Popnoir Editions, May 2018: “Market.”
PERIODICAL TEXT ANTHOLOGY:
The Walrus, 16-6, July/August 2019: “Mennonites Talking About Miriam Toews” Jonathon Dyck & Christine Kampen Robinson: 68-69.
“Jonathon Dyck: Better living through graphic design….” www.cmu>community , 12 Oct. 2012. Accessed 8 June 2020.
Walrus, July/Aug. 2019: 68.
Walrus, July/Aug. 2019: 69.