Hard Core Logo

Hard Core Logo

Portrait of a Thousand Punks Anniversary Edition

Series: A List
Written by: Craine, Nick
Introduction by: Crosbie, Lynn

The twentieth-anniversary edition of Nick Craine’s searing graphic novel about a legendary Canadian punk band, based on the feature film by Bruce McDonald and the novel by Michael Turner.

Joe Dick, Billy Tallent, John Oxenburger, and Pipefitter are Hard Core Logo — Vancouver’s legendary, but now defunct, punk band.

Joe Dick coaxes his former bandmates to overcome personal differences and reunite for a benefit concert for their ageing punk mentor, Bucky Haight, who has been shot. But the concert’s not enough for Joe; he wants the band to hit the road again. For the Hard Cores this means the beginning of the end, and they come to realize that they can neither relive nor alter the past.

From the pen of hugely talented Canadian comic artist and illustrator Nick Craine comes a searing rendition of those Hard Core days and nights. In this graphic take on the story originally conceived by Michael Turner and made into a critically acclaimed film by Bruce McDonald, Craine pits the legendary Hard Cores against a collage-like backdrop of bars, hotel rooms, the road, and the Canadian Prairies.

Featuring a new introduction by Lynn Crosbie and a tear-out guitar chord book, Hard Core Logo: Portrait of a Thousand Punks weaves together a patchwork narrative of found art, dialogue, songs, and incidental bystanders. Craine skillfully renders his own unique cover-version of this cult film classic in graphic novel form.

The twentieth-anniversary edition of Nick Craine’s searing graphic novel about a legendary Canadian punk band, based on the feature film by Bruce McDonald and the novel by Michael Turner.

Joe Dick, Billy Tallent, John Oxenburger, and Pipefitter are Hard Core Logo — Vancouver’s legendary, but now defunct, punk band.

Joe Dick coaxes his former bandmates to overcome personal differences and reunite for a benefit concert for their ageing punk mentor, Bucky Haight, who has been shot. But the concert’s not enough for Joe; he wants the band to hit the road again. For the Hard Cores this means the beginning of the end, and they come to realize that they can neither relive nor alter the past.

From the pen of hugely talented Canadian comic artist and illustrator Nick Craine comes a searing rendition of those Hard Core days and nights. In this graphic take on the story originally conceived by Michael Turner and made into a critically acclaimed film by Bruce McDonald, Craine pits the legendary Hard Cores against a collage-like backdrop of bars, hotel rooms, the road, and the Canadian Prairies.

Featuring a new introduction by Lynn Crosbie and a tear-out guitar chord book, Hard Core Logo: Portrait of a Thousand Punks weaves together a patchwork narrative of found art, dialogue, songs, and incidental bystanders. Craine skillfully renders his own unique cover-version of this cult film classic in graphic novel form.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — May 6, 2017
Specifications 152 pages | 7.25 in x 9.5 in
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Excerpt
Written By Nick Craine is a painter, animation artist, comix illustrator, and musician from Guelph, Ontario.

PRAISE FOR NICK CRAINE AND PORTRAIT OF A THOUSAND PUNKS (1997):

Ignatz Award Finalist (Outstanding Artist category)

“Craine’s adaptations are more akin to contemporary non-genre comic books like Art Spiegelman’s Maus (1986) than they are to comic book versions of Hollywood blockbusters.” — Bart Beaty, Canadian Journal of Film Studies

“Nick Craine is one of the fastest developing talents today.” — Matt Wagner, author/illustrator of Grendel

“Craine wisely injects his own voice, through his brush, into the story much in the same way that David Mazzuchelli did in his wildly successful adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass … Craine is a cartoonist to keep your eye on.” — Eric Reynolds, Comics Journal

“Extremely pure, original work. [Craine] has a unique style, vibrating raw energy … There’s nothing more exciting than the execution of story and art brought together in one clear vision … These are the kind of comics I want to see more of.” — Michael Allred, author/illustrator of Madman

"[A]n honest take on life on the road that still resonates 20 years later." — The National Post

"Nick Craine digs deep into music, punk, life, and art, rummaging around in the bloody wet guts of it all and emerging with a pure, beating heart. He rearranges the fundamentals of comics and makes something new…" — Dylan Horrocks, Eisner Award winner and creator of Hicksville

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