By Mabell, Dave on May 30, 2014.
For Eric Dyck, it will be his first summer in Lethbridge.
But he’s already published his second collection of southern Alberta cartoons. Now Dyck is working on his third, while he and his wife Teri plan their summer explorations.
“We’re getting lots of recommendations from friends,” he says.
Those places, no doubt, will turn up in future issues. Dyck pens informational cartoon panels – on rattlesnakes, for example – as well as tongue-in-cheek looks at such Lethbridge “attractions” as boil-water orders and snowfall in May.
Dyck, who’s autographing books at Chapters this evening, reports he’s getting plenty of positive feedback – and suggestions for cartoons – at weekly farmers’ markets.
“I get to hear a lot of good stories on Saturdays.”
He also enjoys meeting other artists and cartoonists during “drink and draw” sessions at The Owl. They’re held at 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month, he says.
Originally from Red Deer, Dyck attended the Alberta College of Art and Design during a 10-year stay in Calgary. Then he and his wife moved to New Brunswick, where they learned how important lineage and history are in some parts of Canada.
Rather than describing those experiences in words, however, he began capturing them in the form of single-panel cartoons. He shared them online with friends in Alberta.
“That was in 2007, when Facebook got really big.”
So was the response, so Dyck kept on drawing.
Last year brought an opportunity to move back to Alberta, and to take a closer look at an area he’d yet to discover.
“We’re quite enamoured with the Crowsnest Pass,” he reports.
Dyck is also intrigued by the chinook winds that roar through the Pass and he’s entitled his new volume “Orographical,” after the science of peaking winds. He’s branded his local cartoons “Slaughterhouse Slough,” and he’s surprised by how many Lethbridge residents don’t understand the reference.
As a commercial artist, Dyck also takes on portraits and other commissioned work. And he teaches a cartooning class at Casa.
But he always find time to create new cartoon panels, and to post them online.
“I’ve certainly had a really good reception here.”
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