Picturing the Game transports fans into the mischievous world of caricature through the rough drafts of hockey history by Bruce MacKinnon, Aislin, Serge Chapleau, Susan Dewar, Brian Gable, and many other talented artists.
They make us laugh by telling the truth and – perhaps – make us a little wiser about what we already suspect of the fools running the show.
The earliest drawings collected here come from the anonymous early house artists who drew ancient play and its first audiences.
Their work evolved into the cartooning of Arthur Racey and Lou Skuce, whose editorial and sports cartoons ran when newspapers had a virtual monopoly on news dissemination and belief in the printed word was absolute.
Not surprisingly, the dailies became the medium that made hockey Canada’s national game.
Later, Franklin Arbuckle, Duncan Macpherson, and Len Norris animated the game’s advance through more meaningful allegory, humorous irreverence, and an underlying cultural bearing that gave each of their panels its own power and influence.
|Don Cherry, commentator on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.|
Bado, Le Droit, October 13, 2011
Their ingenuity and perceptiveness paved the way for a journalistic showmanship that embodied a truly Canadian acerbic spirit. It was nothing short of groundbreaking, and Canada’s national game is all the better for it.Picturing the Game: An Illustrated Story of Hockey
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