Julian Peters is a Montreal-based illustrator specializing in comics. A few years ago, while agonizing over the dual demands of writing and drawing that comics entails, he decided it might be a good idea to enlist the best writers in the English language to help out with the words part. Thus began his project of creating comics adaptations of classic works of English-language poetry, and later of French and Italian poetry as well. His poetry comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites, and his adaptation of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot, in particular, has been featured in Slate Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Hindu, India’s second most circulated English-language newspaper. By offering a fresh take on literary classics, Julian’s comics constitute an ideal teaching aid, and four of them have been selected to appear in a “new visual history of literature” being put out in 2016 by Mondadori Education, one of Italy’s leading educational publishers.
In 2014 Julian obtained a master’s degree in Art History, with a thesis examining various interactions between the world of comics and that of avant-garde literature and art during the 1960s and early 1970s. He has given numerous presentations on his academic research, as well as on his artistic practice, most notably at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, where his work was included in the “Illustrating Keats” exhibition (2012). In the spring of 2015 he was “Cartoonist in Residence” at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, in which capacity he was involved in a number of projects commemorating the centenary of New Zealand’s entry into WWI.
Julian is now once again trying his hand at both writing and illustrating a comic: He is in the process of creating a graphic novel about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759), a pivotal still controversial episode in Canadian history.