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The Loxleys and Confederation

Double Award Winning Graphic Novel

2016 Alberta Book Awards Children's/YA Book of the Year and Illustrated Book Award Winner

Written by Mark Zuehlke with Alexander Finbow and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair.  Pencils and inks by Claude St. Aubin. Colours by Chris Chuckry. Letters by Todd Klein

104 page, beautifully coloured, hardback graphic novel featuring 73 page historically accurate comic strip about a Canadian family caught up in Confederation and a diary written by acclaimed Canadian military historian Mark Zuehlke.

The book is aimed at a 10 to adult reading range and will be available July 2015 direct from us, comic book stores, and independent book stores.

"I believe this book should be in every library across the continent, and maybe even be required reading for students and others interested in knowing more about how the U.S. and Canada have become close allies. It’s great and informative reading!"

Wayne Hall, Major Spoilers

Synopsis

The follow up to Canadian bestseller The Loxleys and the War of 1812, catches up with the family in 1864 as threats from America once again place the Canadas in grave danger. The story is told as a travelogue as George Loxley reports on the attempts to bring the provinces together, joined by his daughter, and granddaughter Lilian. It is Lilian’s diary entries and her developing love story that threads the history together.

Download the free classroom study guide for ideas on how The Loxleys and Confederation can be incorporated into learning.

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Mark Zuelkhe

Writer

Fascinated by Canada’s military history, 2014 Pierre Berton award winning author, Mark Zuehlke, developed the best-selling Canadian Battle Series, which documents the Canadian World War II experience.

Claude St Aubin

Pencils and inks

Claude is one of Canada's finest comic artists, his artwork appearing in stories that include X-Men, Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Canuck and R.E.B.E.L.S. He lives in Raymond, Alberta.

Todd Klein

Letters

Todd has worked with writers including Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Bill Willingham. He is a legend.

Chris Chuckry

Colours

Canadian Chris Chuckry has worked with Marvel, DC and Dark Horse amongst other publishers of comic books, in North America and in Europe.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Writer

We are pleased to announce that Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Assoc. Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba, has joined the writing team for The Loxleys and Confederation.

Alexander Finbow

Editor

A writer and film-maker by training, Alexander is the Editor of Renegade's comics.

"The Loxleys and Confederation’ makes a difficult subject clear, relevant and interesting. It’s a perfect resource for history teachers and a great piece of comic art that tells a poignant and dramatic story allowing readers to see why Canada is such a great country."

John K. Kirk, Popmythology

"A compelling story about people and the land we all share; that goes far beyond what the encyclopedias say about Confederation and goes straight to the heart of the people whose lives intersected with that historical period."

Rob Alexander, Rocky Mountain Outlook

"This graphic novel — a follow-up to The Loxleys and the War of 1812 — may appeal to children and young adults for its history-friendly approach and the human story that unfolds parallel to the more process-driven narrative of Confederation and nation building." Named one of the 'Best New Books with a Canadian Theme'

Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

"I believe this book should be in every library across the continent, and maybe even be required reading for students and others interested in knowing more about how the U.S. and Canada have become close allies. It’s great and informative reading!"

Wayne Hall, Major Spoilers

The Loxleys and Confederation has been listed as one of the best fiction books of the year for teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

CCBC

"And thus unfolds an enchanting history lesson which traces a largely marginalised section of history, couched in absorbing human terms and rendered totally irresistible by being seen through the lens of an idealistic child’s eyes: a girl becoming a woman whilst her little home became a mighty nation…"

Win Wiacek, Now Read This

"One juror commented that she had given it to her grandchild, and to see his eyes light up at Canadian history was the best thing she could say about a book every student should have access to." [On the BPAA Children and Young Adult Book of the Year and Best Illustration Award success.]

Rob Alexander, Rocky Mountain Outlook

The Loxleys and Confederation, mentioned in an article about this year's Alberta Book Awards.

CBC News

Order information

You can pick up "The Loxleys and Confederation" Graphic Novel from your favourite comic and books store as well as our online store. Our distributors are:

  • Alternatively you can place an order via your local comic book store. Use the Comic Shop Locator website to find your nearest store.

  • For all orders and any enquiries, please contact us at contact@renegademail.com.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9921508-9-1

  • The Loxleys and Confederation - Graphic Novel

    The Loxleys and Confederation - Graphic Novel

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    From the multiple award winning creators of The Loxleys and the War of 1812.

    The story begins in 1864 and follows the Loxleys, a Canadian family living in the Niagara peninsula.  Under the threat once more of an American invasion and the cancellation of the Canadian-Ameican Reciprocity Treaty, the Canadian Colonies look to unite.  We trail the Loxleys on their journey to the Charlottetown Conference and witness the events that lead to the Dominion of Canada.

    Writers: Mark Zuehlke, Alexander Finbow, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair.
    Artists: Claude St. Aubin, Christopher Chuckry
    Letterer: Todd Klein
    $19.99 More info →
    The Loxleys and Confederation - Digital

    The Loxleys and Confederation - Digital

    AVAILABLE NOW

    From the multiple award winning creators of The Loxleys and the War of 1812.

    The story begins in 1864 and follows the Loxleys, a Canadian family living in the Niagara peninsula.  Under the threat once more of an American invasion and the cancellation of the Canadian-Ameican Reciprocity Treaty, the Canadian Colonies look to unite.  We trail the Loxleys on their journey to the Charlottetown Conference and witness the events that lead to the Dominion of Canada.

    Writers: Mark Zuehlke, Alexander Finbow, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair.
    Artists: Claude St. Aubin, Christopher Chuckry
    Letterer: Todd Klein

    This is a downloadable product in PDF format.
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