A pandemic time capsule by a celebrated underground cartoonist
When COVID-19 hit Montreal, cartoonist Rick Trembles started The Weakly Dispatch, a series of diary comics offering his personal perspective on pandemic life. Trembles’ asthma put him at risk of a serious infection so, like many people, he took careful measures to avoid coming into contact with the virus. He self-isolated for months, surviving on grocery deliveries from friends, DIY workouts (to prevent muscle atrophy), and of course, comics.
Leaving the apartment, however, turned out to be even harder than staying isolated. Initially foiled by stair-painters and coughing neighbours, Trembles quickly discovered a newly perilous world, populated by unmasked people and handshake enthusiasts.
The Weakly Dispatch is a wry and vulnerable look at the day-to-day complexities of life during a global pandemic, by the creator of Represented Immobilized.
“For a city that coasts on its creative reputation, Montreal often seems like it’s hovering on the fringe of a larger artistic world… the alternative art scene here exists somewhere even further in the margins, in a kind of unseen space where weirdos thrive, free to experiment with odd ideas that might be discarded elsewhere. This is the world inhabited by Rick Trembles, a prolific illustrator, cartoonist, musician, and permanent wearer of very large sunglasses that always leave you wondering if he’s actually looking at you or staring somewhere right above your head.” —Roxane Hudson, Montreal Review of Books
“Highly entertaining reading... The best comics artist in all of North America on the topic of theCovid-19 pandemic.”— R. Crumb