Sled dogs are my very favourite topic. The reason is simple: We have a bunch of them and watching them grow, interact and run in a team is like watching an on-going soap opera on TV. All I really need to do is write the stories down. And that's how I started - writing and drawing cartoons about my daily life.
|Sled Dog Diaries Cover|
(okay, the book doesn't really exist, but I still had fun making up a cover)
|This is the cabin where I drew the first 60 pages of my cartoon|
|I had just moved to Canada and strange noises scared me for a long time.|
|Those two pups lived in our tiny cabin over their first winter, |
but there are not the only ones who snug their way into our house and beds....
|I thought I finally managed 'left and right'. |
And then came 'gee and haw' and everything was messed up again.
The illustrations below are from my picture book When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar and are inspired by my friend Bernice's stories of growing up in a small northern community - just like the one I live in now. The book is available through www.ynwp.ca or your bookstore.