After achieving cult acclaim through his self-published and micro-published comics, The Follies of Richard Wadsworth is Maandag’s debut book. His mechanical, affectless characters and economical artwork efficiently deliver cringes, heightening the awkward silence and stillness of his hilarious comics. In Maandag’s hands—hands that love to toy with morally ambiguous characters and flirt with absurdity—troubled men make poor decisions, unlikable characters gain our sympathies through their very haplessness, and laughs ensue, riotously (From Drawn & Quarterly).
We chatted with Maandag to learn more about where he’s been and where he’s going.
We found a short doc on blogTO from 2006 where you say, “I’m not gonna be optimistic enough to say that I’m going to have my own series with Drawn and Quarterly or something like that”, and now here you are! Can you tell us a bit about your journey?
Nick Maandag was born in Mississauga, Ontario in 1982. He studied philosophy at Erindale College before moving to Toronto in 2006. His previous comics include Streakers, The Libertarian, and Facility Integrity. He has received nominations for both the Doug Wright and Joe Shuster awards.
If you’re in Toronto, join Nick to launch The Follies of Richard Wadsworth on Friday June 14th at The Beguiling (319 College St). The evening will begin with a presentation of Nick’s comics, followed by a conversation with Chester Brown!