The idea for a comic book depicting the march west came about back in 1998.
The following year was the 125th anniversary of the formation of the N.W.M.P.,
and a reenactment of the trek was taking place from Manitoba to Fort Macleod,
Approval for my project was obtained from the Mounted Police Foundation in
Ottawa. To my knowledge the
actual story in comic book form has only been done once, back in 1959 - a
very abbreviated 8 page story in a "Classics Illustrated" comic containing
other R.C.M.P. related stories.
In past years the subject of the exploits of Canada's mounties has fascinated
reader's worldwide. "King of the Royal Mounted", a newspaper strip that ran
from the 1930s to the 1960s was created in the mind of America's foremost western
novelist, Zane Grey. It was carried by newspapers from Europe to South America.
Comic books depicting the R.C.M.P. (King of the Royal Mounted, Sgt. Preston
of the Yukon) were produced not by Canadians, but Americans.
I met Claude St. Aubin at an "Alberta Comic Collector's Association" meeting
in Calgary about 5 years ago. I had just joined, and at that first meeting
learned that one of the members was producing a comic book - wow! The artist on the book was also in attendance - wow! I've
since learned a lot about the comic business from Claude and he has become
just as excited about this project. I've been fortunate in obtaining
the talents of one of Canada's best comic book artists.
The transition from black and white comic page to "print ready" stage is difficult
when one isn't particularly adept at the computer. My son Craig handles all
the different procedures with ease, which makes my work a whole lot easier.
The story ran in two weekly papers put out by the Lethbridge Herald - the "Sun
times" covering Lethbridge, and the "Prairie Post" which covers southwestern
Diamond City (Lethbridge) Alberta