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Writing the West Coast: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas talks about how manga inspires his books.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas discusses his book “Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga” (winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Award), in which he challenges Native stereotypes through illustrated stories. 

The stories of the trickster Raven are a humorous and sometimes rude form of comics. Yahgulanaas takes the Haida stories and transforms them into manga. Abandoning the traditional rectangular boxes and speech bubbles, he has developed a fluid style that uses a bold line stretched almost to the breaking point – a motif strongly associated with Haida art – to connect the images of the story.


This project was made possible by the Government of British Columbia and Yukon Book Prizes.