Kari Maaren

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I began creating my first webcomic, West of Bathurst, in July of 2006.  It is a strange little comic about a young woman, Marie Dumont, who goes to Toronto to attend grad school and moves into Davies College, a graduate residence based on the real-life Massey College.  It's a slice-of-life sort of comic with a twist; as it progresses, it becomes clearer and clearer that not everything that is happening is entirely explicable.  There may, in fact, be some rather strange things going on, and it is possible that one of the characters is actually Satan.

West of Bathurst was nominated for a 2013 Prix Aurora Award in the category of "Graphic Novel."  It completed its run in February of 2014, and a print collection was released in the summer of 2015. There are still a few copies available; you can purchase them on Bandcamp. The print collection was nominated for an Aurora Award in 2016.

My second webcomic, It Never Rains, began on March 3rd, 2014.  It takes place in a universe continuous with that of West of Bathurst, but it involves (for the most part) different characters and leans more towards science fiction than it does towards magic realism.  The comic follows teenager Rose Malory, who has no filter, prefers never to tell the truth about anything, and has discovered that she is eventually going to become a time traveller.

It Never Rains won a 2015 Prix Aurora Award in the category of "Graphic Novel." It was nominated again in 2017.

West of Bathurst
He didn't even bring up tentacles once.

It Never Rains
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