Best of Halifax

Best Comic Artist

Mike Holmes

A few short years ago, Holmes was a part-timer at a local art supply store and drawing shockingly accurate caricatures of local people in Matt Groening’s Simpsons style. Now he’s a cartoonist and comic book creator in demand, working on a variety of projects, including a full-colour short story inspired by the Spearmint song “This Is A Souvenir” and a six-issue miniseries with writer Jamie S. Rich, potentially for comic publisher Oni, as well as teaching drawing workshops, as he did at the Ross Creek Centre this past summer. Oh, and there’s also his popular True Story strip for The Coast. “I have a blast doing it,” he says. “I get a lot of stories from friends, but I love getting stories from people I’ve never met before.”

1st Runner-up: Peter Diamond

2nd Runner-up: Dave Howlett

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