simpkins_jasper_furcoatJim Simpkins Tribute

by BK Munn
As we reported recently, cartoonist Jim Simpkins was the inductee this year into The Giants of the North, The Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame that is part of the Doug Wright Awards.
You can read and listen to Seth’s tribute speech about Simpkins from the ceremony at the Wright Awards page.
Here are a few images and links from the Sequential archive relating to Simpkins, the creator of Jasper the Bear.
(Below the links you’ll see a sample of the Chopper strip from Canadian Boy magazine and a page of Simpkins early “graphic novel”, a series called “The Story of Canada” and also serialized in Canadian Boy.)

James Simpkins illustrates The Canadian Cookbook

Simpkins illos from Canadian Boy (scouting magazine)

Our Simpkins Xmas card


The Golden Age of Canadian Magazine Cartooning

Cartoonist Landmarks article (including the Jasper Statue)