Carpe fin : a Haida manga

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Canadian
Publisher Douglas and McIntyre

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Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has created a hybrid artform he refers to as "Haida Manga," which combines traditional Haida motifs and stories with Japanese manga-style comic book illustration. Carpe Fin is the hand-painted prequel to his first graphic novel, Red (2009). It recounts the Haida tale of Carpe, a man who has been abandoned at sea during a hunt and left to face the Lord of the Rock. As Carpe proceeds through his trek, he confronts an environment whose land and resources have been overexploited. Perhaps a precautionary environmental warning, Yahgulanaas prefaces the tale with "Once upon a time this could be a true story…". Carpe Fin is also a 6' x 19' monumental watercolor mural, commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum in 2018.

Carpe fin : a Haida manga, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Canadian, born Masset, Haida Gwaii, 1954)

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