Today I would like to share an example of a creative Quebec history project that has really inspired me: Asbestos, PQ: A Graphic Novel. It draws together history, art, and sounds to illustrate the relationship between the town of Asbestos, Quebec and its chrystotile asbestos mine, which is the world’s largest.
I first heard about Asbestos in a class on the history of Quebec that I audited this past semester. We read a chapter from Jessica Van Horssen’s dissertation on the dynamics of asbestos mining in the town and its environmental impact at local and global levels. Then we looked at the graphic novel version that she created in collaboration with her friend, artist Radha-Prema McAllister. Though the two works are very different in terms of the level of detail they offer, the complexity and importance of the story comes through in both. Continue reading