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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Book Launch & Exhibit Opening in Vancouver

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Book Launch & Exhibit Opening in Vancouver

April 2014

B.C. artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), will be released in paperback for the first time this May. Join Michael as he celebrates the launch of the new paperback edition of Red, as well as the opening of his solo art exhibit, SOLO 3, at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver on Saturday, May 3. The exhibit opening will run from 2pm to 4pm, with the book launch beginning at 4:30pm. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

Red: A Haida Manga is a stunning, innovative book that mixes Haida imagery and the Japanese manga style to retell a classic Haida oral narrative through 108 pages of hand-painted images. Set in the islands off the northwest coast of B.C., Red tells the story of orphan Red and his sister, Jaada. When raiders attack their village and Jaada is whisked away, Red’s building determination to exact revenge on her captors will eventually lead his community to the brink of war.

The hardcover edition, which was published in 2009, was nominated for the Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award, a Doug Wright Award for Best Book and a 2010 Joe Schuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. It was also an Amazon Top 100 book of 2009. Now, for the first time, Red will be available to own in paperback.

In his SOLO 3 art exhibit, Yahgulanaas makes the inaugural debut of his latest Under the Hood series, an evolution of the internationally exhibited and collected Coppers from the Hood. This new series features car hoods finished with precious metals. The first works in the series blend male and female topographies and include new interactive and aural components. Yahgulanaas will also introduce new works on paper from an ongoing series from 2011.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a visual artist, storyteller and public speaker. Born and raised on the north Pacific islands of Haida Gwaii, he melds his cultural and political experiences as an indigenous person with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. His work has been enthusiastically received internationally and is published in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Spain, the United States and Canada. His books include Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans and Hachidori, a bestseller in Japan. He lives in Canada with his wife and daughter, close to the Two Sisters mountains on an island in the Salish Sea.

The Douglas Udell Gallery is located at 1566 W. 6th Avenue in Vancouver, 2nd floor. For more information on the exhibit opening and/or book launch event, contact the gallery at 604-736-8900.

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