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Saturday July 18th, 2015

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The University of Windsor Writer-in-Residence program is shifting gears this fall with the introduction of its first Cartoonist-in-Residence, Scott Chantler.

“Comics haven’t always been viewed as worthy of critical study but over the last few decades that’s really changed,” says Chantler. “I’ve always been a big booster of the art form and love that it has become academic fare and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to be part of this opportunity.”

The Waterloo, Ontario, cartoonist wrote two highly acclaimed graphic novels, Two Generals, which was long-listed for CBCs Canada Read, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010 and selected for Best American Comics 2012, and, Northwest Passage, which was nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards. His talent extends to writing for a younger audience with his comic series, Three Thieves, which won the Joe Shuster Award for best comic for kids and was listed as a great graphic novel for teens with the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Chantler was in Windsor last year as part of the comics panel moderated by English professor Dale Jacobs at 2014 Bookfest Windsor. Dr. Jacobs, who wrote, Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy, says the department found Chantler an easy choice.

“We wanted someone who understood sequential storytelling and Scott clearly does,” says Jacobs. “No matter his audience, he understands how to tell a story with both words and pictures.”

The Cartoonist-in-Residence position is jointly funded by UWindsor and The Canada Council for the Arts. Chantler takes his post in September.

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