259th anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham

On the morning of September 13, 1759 -also a Thursday like today- a British army under the command of General James Wolfe defeated a French army under the command of the Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm just outside the walls of Quebec City. Wolfe’s victory at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, as it came to be known, would give the British command of the city after a more than two-month-long siege, and greatly contribute to the final conquest of New France one year later.

The outcome of the battle was largely a result of the surprise effect achieved by the British in attacking the city from the cliff-lined westward side, rather than from the more accessible eastern end, as Montcalm was convinced they must do. This extract from my ongoing graphic novel project depicts the moment in which Wolfe first conceived of the incredibly risky plan of sneaking his troops up the cliffs along a narrow path leading up to the Plains of Abraham from the Saint-Lawrence River. It should be explained that the young British general is acting uncharacteristically spacey due to a temporary laudanum addiction. Click here to read the full 60-page sample section of the graphic novel that I have completed so far: https://julianpeterscomics.com/each-in-his-narrow-cell-graphic-novel-sample-section/

Posted in bande dessinée, Battle of the Plains of Abraham, comics, new france, nouvelle france | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song from the Highest Tower



Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Below Isola San Giulio

Like its larger and more well-known neighbours, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, Lake Orta (il lago d’Orta) in Northern Italy is remarkably deep, measuring almost 150 metres at its deepest point. Given this fact, and the documented existence of dragons on the lake’s central island (isola San Giulio) prior to the region’s conversion to Christianity in the 4th century, it seems reasonable to suppose that the deepest sections of this body of water may still be home to one or more aquatic monsters. Of course, it is possible that in the end these may turn out to be nothing more than surviving freshwater relatives of  the plesiosaurs or other giant marine reptiles that were prevalent during the Mesozoic Era. Until such time as an underwater expedition is able to properly validate these suppositions, however, it is fun to speculate as to what exactly may lie beneath Lake Orta’s incomparably beautiful surface.

Posted in illustration, watercolour | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Registration open for my art classes at the Visual Arts Centre!

I’m very excited to be teaching two courses this Fall at the Visual Arts Centre in Westmount:  “Initiation à l’illustration/Introduction to Illustration” on Thursday mornings from 10am-1pm and “La bande dessinée et le roman graphique/Comics and the Graphic Novel” on Thursday evenings from 7pm-10pm. Classes begin on September 27 and go for 12 weeks. They will be taught in both English and French. Here are the two brief course descriptions that can be found on the VAC Fall/Winter program:


Initiation à l’illustration/Introduction to Illustration

Begin your exploration by illustrating a simple phrase or poem, and progress toward a more involved comic or graphic project. Learn basic skills of illustration, from initial sketch and design, to addition of ink, line, wash, and watercolour. A unique voice and style emerge as you see your own stories come to life on paper. No experience in writing or drawing is required. Materials include ink, watercolour, charcoal, etc.

La bande-dessinée et le roman graphique/Comics and the Graphic Novel

The graphic novel applies the traditional visual and narrative devices of comics to book-length works featuring nuanced characters and richly developed plot lines. In addition to learning comics-making skills, students will be introduced to the specific considerations that go into more ambitious, long-term projects. Topics include character development, narrative arcs, dialogues, world building, and the fostering of a personalized visual style. No writing or drawing experience required.

Registration for courses at VAC is now open! For more details and/or to download their full Spring/Summer program, go to https://www.visualartscentre.ca/register/?tag=drawing

Posted in bande dessinée, comics, illustration, montreal | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

El camino es fatal como la flecha

“El camino es fatal como la flecha/ pero en las grietas está Dios que acecha”(“The road is as fatal as an arrow/ but between the cracks God is watching.”

-Jorge Luis Borges, from “Para una versión del I King”

Posted in illustration, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Comics adaptation of “Birches” by Robert Frost

Here is my comics adaptation of a section of the poem “Birches” by Robert Frost (written in 1913-14). This comic was commissioned by and originally appeared in the American magazine Plough Quarterly: http://www.plough.com/en

Click here to read the complete poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44260/birches Birches1Birches2 Continue reading

Posted in comics, painting, Poetry, Poetry Comics, watercolour | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Comics adaptation of Siegfried Sassoon’s “Before the Battle” in Plough Quarterly!

The new issue of Plough Quarterly, featuring my adaptation of Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Before the Battle” (1916), is now out in print and online. You can read the comic here: https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/before-the-battle

To view all of the contents of this latest issue of Plough Quarterly: https://www.plough.com/en/subscriptions/quarterly/2018/summer-2018-issue-17

Posted in comic book poetry, comics, Poetry, Poetry Comics, watercolour, World War One | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment