Monster Island Three

Apr 29, 2019 by


MI3COVERsmallMonster Island Three

Edited by Billy Mavreas

ISBN 1-894994-27-2 / 978-1-894994-27-9
7×8.5 inches / 144 pages
$15

Comics and essays about monsters and comics.

Monster Island Three is the book anthology of the art zine edited by popular Montreal artist Billy Mavreas. In Monster Island Three, artists pit their personal demons against the universal monsters of popular culture, like Frankenstein, Godzilla, The Wolfman, and more.

The book straddles the line between comic anthology and art book, but also contains essays that give historical context to the art. Mavreas contributes a feature on Inuit artist Alootook Ipellie, who was recently inducted into the Giants of the North Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame. Rick Trembles provides a tribute, in comic form, to movie director Ray Harryhausen. There’s Joe Ollmann’s comic on the history of his drawing implements, and Andy Brown’s essay on the significance of the publishing history of one of Jack Kirby’s final comic series. Bernie Mireault provides a comic about a horrific poker game, while Patrick R. Burger writes about German pulps from the 1930s, which were set in Africa.

Of course the book also includes many monster drawings, including one by Fiona Smyth. Other contributors include:

  • John Mavreas
  • Carlos Santos
  • Jesse Bochner
  • Tessa Fenger
  • Jennifer MacIntyre
  • Shawn Jefferies
  • Guy Boutin
  • Hélène Brosseau
  • Leyla Majeri
  • Rupert Bottenberg
  • Howard Chackowicz
  • Sean McCarthy
  • Shawn Cheng

 

“A clutch of terrific Montreal cartoonists in a compact page-turner. As an editor, Mavreas has a sweet tooth for the peculiar, and he’s gathered a mittful of like-minded independents, most of them direly underexposed.” — eye

 

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