A major publishing event that takes an oral tradition directly into the very contemporary form of graphic novel Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a rising star with a strong sales history and a pioneer of this exciting new genre called "Haida-Manga", which blends traditional North Pacific indigenous arts and narrative with contemporary techniques of artistic design from Japanese manga When the 108 pages of hand-painted, full colour illustrations are arranged in a specific order, the panels of the narrative create a Haida formline image more than 13 feet long. Michael trained under master Haida carvers, including Robert Davidson and is a direct decendant of the great Haida artist Charles Edenshaw
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas melds his cultural experiences as a Haida with contemporary graphic literature to produce a unique genre called Haida Manga. Yahgulanaas was formally introduced to Haida iconography by his elder cousin - painter, carver and printmaker Robert Davidson. He also studied with Cantonese artist Cai Ben Kwon. His books include Flight of the Hummingbird, and Hachidori, a bestseller in Japan.