Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army

Old Trout Funnies The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army Now iconic to Canadian if not global culture Cape Breton Island underwent a metamorphosis of sorts during the s and s Long marginalized by geography economics and predominant mainland polit

  • Title: Old Trout Funnies: The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army
  • Author: IanBrodie Paul Moose MacKinnon
  • ISBN: 9781772060409
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now iconic to Canadian, if not global culture, Cape Breton Island underwent a metamorphosis of sorts during the 1970s and 1980s Long marginalized by geography, economics and predominant mainland political culture, a countercultural sea change brought the island s deeply rooted creative side music, drama, literature and humour to centre stage One such stage was Old TroutNow iconic to Canadian, if not global culture, Cape Breton Island underwent a metamorphosis of sorts during the 1970s and 1980s Long marginalized by geography, economics and predominant mainland political culture, a countercultural sea change brought the island s deeply rooted creative side music, drama, literature and humour to centre stage One such stage was Old Trout Funnies, a homegrown satirical series of comic books created by artist Paul MacKinnon MacKinnon s Cape Breton comic book heroes, the Cape Breton Liberation Army, led the revolution, lampooning local and provincial politics, labour unions, environmental activism, government infrastructure projects and back to the landers Through the farcical exploits of the CBLA, Old Trout Funnies parodied and played with the caricature of Cape Bretoners as shiftless, happy go lucky rogues whose motivation emanated from the taverns In The Comic Origins of the Cape Breton Liberation Army, folklorist Ian Brodie explores the themes and the legacy of Old Trout Funnies, providing the cultural and historical context for a project that was intensely esoteric and in the moment Included are the complete runs of the comics, the calendars and some rarely seen ancillary images of the CBLA, and of some unfinished and unpublished works.

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    1. This is a great book, assuming one is interested in relatively obscure regional Canadian comics. Old Trout Funnies was Paul MacKinnon's short-lived self-published comic book, debuting in 1975, though he continued doing occasional Trout-related work for decades, including a series of annual calendars. It is very regional work, firmly anchored in the culture of Cape Breton Island, though also to some extent informed by things happening in the mainstream and underground comics world at the time (e. [...]

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