Despite the torrential downpour, throngs of eager D+Qers showed up to our doorstep for the double-launch of Pascal Girard's Nicolas and Michel Hellman's Nunavik. Two of the Mile End's most familiar faces, Pascal and Michel did not disappoint.
The evening kicked off with a loving introduction from the one-and-only Peggy Burns, who also happened to be the only person in the room to have attended the original release of Nicolas nearly a decade ago.
Michel lead the charge. He discussed his personal connection to the Nunavik region, including a trip chock-full of inspiration and revelation. He recounted a dismantling of the prejudices he had carried subliminally, both regarding the area and the cultures found within. He implored the audience to visit the region themselves, for after his trip, Michel felt he had a better understanding of what it meant to be from Quebec. This, according to Michel, is the crux of his new book.
Despite the somber subject matter in his book, Pascal's presentation was decidedly jovial. As he found Nicolas difficult to discuss, he opted instead to read his strip from D+Q: 25 chillingly entitled "The Osteopath". In short, he was a hoot. He clearly had a vision for the performance, for at one point Pascal had to take over on the PowerPoint controls: "Its not that I don't trust you, Michel, its just that the timing is important."
A merry group stuck around long after the official portion of the evening had ended, with both authors happy to chat and sign their respective books.