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Blue Dragon /tp

Written by Robert Lepage

& Marie Michaud

Illustrated by Fred Jourdain

  • 184 Pages
  • 9781770890374
  • 12" x 9"
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General


Publication Date November 05, 2011

In this stunning graphic-novel adaptation of Robert Lepage and Marie Michaud’s play, the personal meets the political, East meets West, and old meets new. Claire, a Quebecoise art dealer, arrives in China to adopt a little girl. There she visits her ex-husband, Pierre, who after fifteen years in China has begun to question the new directions his adopted country is going in. Claire and Pierre’s lover, the young Chinese artist Xiao Ling, become fast friends. Through this classic love triangle, The Blue Dragon examines aging, cultural confusion, fertility, and creativity, and emerges as a fascinating examination of some of modern China’s most intriguing paradoxes. Fred Jourdain’s gorgeous, colourful, and cinematic drawings do full justice to the story’s genesis as one of Robert Lepage’s most dazzling theatrical constructions. A feast for the mind as well as the senses, The Blue Dragon is an extraordinary graphic novel for grownups.


Robert Lepage
Director, writer, actor Robert Lepage is one of Canada’s most renowned figures in the performing arts. His astonishing oeuvre includes epic plays (The Dragons’ Trilogy, Needles and Opium), award-winning films (Le Confessional, Far Side of the Moon), and even rock shows. A Quebec native, Lepage has received many prestigious awards and honours, including the Ordre national du Quebec, the Denise Pelletier Prize, the Prix Europe, France’s Legion d’honneur, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Marie Michaud
Marie Michaud is a leading Quebecoise theatre actress. She has performed over fifty roles with top directors including Robert Lepage and Denis Marleau. She is currently starring in the role of Claire Forest in the theatrical version of The Blue Dragon, which she co-wrote with Robert Lepage.

Fred Jourdain
Fred Jourdain is an artist and designer, best known for his portraits of great jazz, rock, and film figures. His work is currently on display at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.


"Using a variety of artistic techniques, from ink drawings to watercolour paintings, Jourdain fleshes out the world around Lepage and Michaud’s script..." Globe and Mail

"...natural...fluid, vivid illustrations..." Quill & Quire

"...stunning...innovative...more art than graphic novel...The Blue Dragon may be the stroke of genius to win over the reluctant adult who still sees the graphic novel as strictly for kids...this little gem may soon become a collector’s item." Rover Arts

"Packed with raw emotionality and beautifully rendered artwork that captures the culture and landscape perfectly, The Blue Dragon transfers from the stage to the graphic-novel page very well. It’s a marvelously done book." Graphic Novel Reporter