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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Launches Graphic Novel 'Red' in U.S.A. and Participates in Reddit AMA

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Launches Graphic Novel 'Red' in U.S.A. and Participates in Reddit AMA

November 2014

B.C.-based artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' groundbreaking graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre), is being released in paperback in the U.S. for the first time this month. Michael will be celebrating with a mural-making session and book launch event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday, November 22 from 1pm to 5pm.

Yahgulanaas will guide museum visitors to record and examine their own personal stories as they explore universal themes presented in Red. Visitors will be invited to lend a helping artistic hand by contributing their own voice to a dynamic Haida Manga-inspired mural, which will be created on-site in the Museum’s landmark Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. The mural-making session will occur from 1pm to 3pm, the book launch party, including Yahgulanaas’ special reading and signing of Red, will occur from 3:15pm to 3:45pm, and Yahgulanaas will give an artist talk and Q&A at 4pm.

Preceding the event, Yahgulanaas will be participating in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Friday, November 21 beginning at 10am EST—an opportunity for anyone to correspond with the renowned Haida artist directly. During the AMA, he will be broadcasting live drawing and sketches and images, both static and video, on his website: www.mny.ca.

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.

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.

For more information on the U.S. book launch event in New York, contact the American Museum of Natural History at 212-769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org or www.mny.ca.

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