People Around Here

Oct 5, 2011 by

People Around Here
Dave Lapp

ISBN 978-1-894994-59-0
Graphic novel
6×9, 160 pages, black and white, $17
May 2012

A companion piece to Drop-in, Lapp’s critically-acclaimed account of working in inner city Toronto drop-in centres, but People Around Here takes it to the streets! Always the consummate observer, Lapp’s ability to crystallize everyday moments of street life and overheard conversations into short visual vignettes is remarkable. These strips are taken from Lapp’s regular column in Taddle Creek magazine and the Annex Gleaner, but many more are included.

Drop-in was nominated for a Doug Wright Award, an Ignatz Award, and was excerpted in the 2010 edition of The Best American Comics. Lapp’s second book, a collection of weekly strips called Children of the Atom, received high praise: “Despite its obvious debt to other strips, it carries a highly original, singular voice. He has managed to hone the rhythm of strip cartooning in such a way that it feels more like poetry than narrative storytelling.” — The Comics Journal

“Standing entirely on its own, Lapp’s handsome pen-and-ink art is gorgeous to behold: it’s some of the most accomplished strip artwork you’ll find, with a skill, delicacy, and subtlety that compares to the best in the format’s history….Children of the Atom is the truly distinctive creation: it breathes literary quality into what has  predominantly been a gag medium.  And with its singular vision, it quietly moves and delights.” — See Magazine

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