Here’s a brief intro in case you don’t already know Meags Fitzgerald. She’s an illustrator, designer, and comic book artist. Her beautiful work can be seen here. Her first graphic novel Photobooth: A Biography got her the Doug Wright Spotlight Award and she was featured as one of Cult Montreal’s “Best Cartoonists / Comic artists”. She has long red hair and soon, we’ll all have the chance to have Long Red Hair as well. She also does ambidextrous illustrations - check out this one she did for a (Dutch) T-Mobile commercial. And hey speaking of commercials is this post starting to sound too much like a Meags Fitzgerald commercial?
Needless to say I was thrilled to have an opportunity to photograph her working in her studio in the Mile-End. Her workspace is amazing - no wonder she’s productive and creating all this great work. There’s lots of window light, a little balcony, and the entire space is beautifully decorated in a way that reflects her artistry. It’s hard to explain but everything from her art to her studio and even her clothing fits together so congruently, yet effortlessly. She lives and breathes her art and I’m jealous. Even the color scheme in her bedroom matches the color palette of her graphic novel.
Speaking of which, I’m halfway through Photobooth: A Biography and it’s a captivating collection of personal stories mixed in with the history of the photobooth. Jonathan Goldstein from Wire Tap and This American Life even described it as a love story between Meags and photobooths. So what you should do is obvious. Go to Drawn and Quarterly, first, because it’s an amazing shop, and second, while you’re there, get yourself a copy of her graphic novel to support our local Montreal Artists.
As I’ll be finishing her book in the next few weeks, Meags will be touring with a comedy troupe called Quest For the Dragon King (yeah she also does improv, and teaches improv too). If you wanna try and keep up with Meags and her different quests in life, make sure to follow her blog.
Thanks for reading and click here to check out the gallery with the other Montreal Artists I've photographed!