Aaron Navrady graduated from the Visual Communications program at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2002. Since then he has worked in various fields of graphic design and on many illustration and comics projects.
His current self-published graphic novel project, The Cold Fire, tells the tale of a Norman Crusader who joins a company of knights tasked with pursuing heretics across the frozen Alps as they flee the Albigensian Crusade South of France in the 13th century. The project page is found at thecoldfire.com.
Aaron currently serves as the Volunteer Art Director of the Panel One Festival Society. When he’s not making comics, Aaron likes to read books, watch films, swim, walk and ride his bicycle just about everywhere.
- Writer/Illustrator of Chefchaouen, Box Tape Passage and Quiché Internet Cafe, short stories about travel published on Top Shelf 2.0 http://bit.ly/2yYnlfp
- Co-Creator/Writer/Illustrator of Escape from the Horde, a short story ad piece for BionX International promoting power-assisted bicycles (as an effective means of escaping zombies)
- Writer/Illustrator of Prize of the North, a short story about the history of CFL’s Grey Cup, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson in their iLit anthology series
- Current Project: Writer/Researcher/Illustrator of The Cold Fire, a self-published graphic novel (released by chapter in digital & print editions) about a Norman Crusader and his conflict of principles. thecoldfire.com
What three words would you use to describe your work?
Animate. Coarse. Human.
What was the first comic you read?
My first comics were probably Tintin when I was maybe 7 or 8, and few years later I was well into European bande dessinées … titles like Asterix, Yoko Tsuno, Lucky Luke, Spirou. I must also credit my cousin Ted with lending me his Richie Rich comics around that same time.
What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Artist?
Comics have always been a part of my life, but my strongest inclination to make them came after picking up issues of Marvel X-Factor drawn by Whilce Portacio in the 90s… before then I had dismissed N. American comic art as a bit silly, but seeing his work was like a lightning bolt.
That said, I didn’t really comprehend the grit required to do this work until I read Stephen Pressfield’s The War of Art. That provided the jab in the ribs to get going on a graphic novel project with reckless abandon.
What is it about comics that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
Remember that part in Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics where the writer and the painter face each other? For many years it was all about a general fascination with the visual arts, and more recently I have grown deeply affectionate for the written word, and so it’s that interplay between the two, and all the possibilities of communicating unseen ideas and emotions … To shamelessly use a cliché – they say a picture says a thousand words, but then a word can bring a thousand pictures, so … (like the word ‘dog’.)
What is your favourite place to go in the city you live in?
There’s a hill near Market Mall that overlooks Bowness and the river … that place.
What is the natural talent you’d like to be gifted with and why?
Courage … for all the obvious reasons.