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First Graphic Novel on Winnipeg General Strike Released

June 20, 2012 9:20 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

The first graphic novel depicting the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was released on Tuesday, looking at one of the largest labour demonstrations in North American history.

“Bloody Saturday” is a fictional backstory on the events leading to the death of Ukrainian immigrant Mike Sokolowski.

The novel was written by recent Red River College graduate Adam Campbell as part of a year-long independent project for the Creative Communications program. The illustrations within the 24-page book were done by Adam’s sister, Carly Campbell, showing bright and distinctive character designs.

“With the increasing popularity of graphic novels, bringing the Winnipeg General Strike to life in this medium seemed like a perfect fit,” Adam said. “One of the goals of this project was to find new ways to imagine and represent Winnipeg’s rich history, and I think we’ve accomplished that.”

The book is available as a free digital download until June 23 on the Amazon Kindle platform.