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Ken Boesem


Bio: I'm an old school cartoonist (I still ink with dip pens!), historian and culture junkie (from comix to Queer theory and everything in between) in Vancouver, Canada.

Since 2005, I've produced an ongoing nationally syndicated comic strip (occasionally for mature readers) called 'The Village,' set in Vancouver's Davie Village, that appears in every issue of Xtra West (Vancouver) and Capital Xtra (Ottawa) reaching a combined readership of 90,000 people.

My other comix and illustration work has been featured in Maclean's, Geist, Broken Pencil and Discorder magazines, The Vancouver Sun, the WestEnder, Xtra West, Capital Xtra and The Stranger newspapers and among other places. I've also been lucky enough to have appeared on both of CiTR radio's shows about comics, the lamented The Onomatopoeia Show and the very much alive Inkstuds radio show and Podcast.

My short story '1918,' about the global influenza pandemic of that year, was published in the American SPX Anthology in 2003.

I was included in Canadian comics historian John Bell's 2006 book Invaders From The North: How Canada Conquered The Comic Book Universe in a section listing "notable creators" working in the small-press comics field in Canada in the last 15 years.

I've also contributed my illustration skills to several worthwhile local Queer (and non-Queer) events and projects including Totally Outright: A Guide for Sexual Health Leaders, a handbook for a course targeted at preparing the next generation of young gay men who wish to become sexual health educators.

In 2008 I became the first gay cartoonist to have my small-press and mini-comix output selected for ongoing inclusion in the Rare Books and Special Collections department of the Library at the University of British Columbia.

In a personally very exciting comic book context requiring no particular skill on my part, my friend Steve is allowing me the special thrill of tooling around with some favourite childhood Golden Age heroes by using me as his model for the soldier who is hurled forward in time with the Invaders in Marvel's current Avengers/Invaders series.

When I'm not working my butt off writing and making art I spend quality time with other members of Vancouver's Queer creative community.

My pals assure me I'm an okay guy outside of my unhealthy obsessions with comix, the long-running British TV serial Coronation Street (created in 1960 by gay British writer Tony Warren) and Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The City series of novels.

Did I mention I'm single? ;-)


Avengers/Invaders Volume 1 HC (Hardcover)
Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe (Hardcover)
Spx 2003 Anthology


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