A HAIDA MANGA ARTIST OPENS HIS BAG

Air Canada enRoute - - LEADERS OF THE PACK / C’EST DANS LE SAC - BY / PAR SAMANTHAEDWARDS

Twenty years ago, Michael Ni­coll Yahgu­lanaas pi­o­neered a new style of art: Haida manga, a mashup in­spired by his own Indige­nous her­itage and the style of Ja­panese comics. Eight il­lus­trated nov­els and many in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions later, he’s go­ing be­yond ink and pa­per, work­ing with an architecture firm to in­te­grate Haida manga into three new sky­scrapers in Van­cou­ver, and writ­ing a li­bretto based on his graphic novel, Flight of the Hum­ming­bird, for the Van­cou­ver Opera. We caught up with him at home on an is­land in the Sal­ish Sea be­fore a trip to Seoul.

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