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I have a friend who is deep into comics and always ready to argue for their literary value. But it's his comics shopping addiction that truly opened my eyes: comics continue to be a huge phenomenon with people of my generation.

True, all these movie adaptations of popular comics spewed out by Hollywood clearly show that comics are still in, that they are still popular and attracting large crowds. But this is not what I am talking about. Spider-Man and Watchmen generate enough publicity on their own.

What I want to talk about these comics that you would never see on transferred in film, comics that will never become animations hits. Unfortunately, I am not an expert, but hopefully I will put you on the right track to discovering this paper based sub-culture.

First, any semi-self-respectable comic buff needs his or hers comic shop. This place is like your temple, it's where you go to bring yourself together, reflect and discuss the state of the comic world. Such temples include 1000000 Comix (1418 rue Pierce), Librairie Millénium (451 rue Marie-Anne Est) or Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore on 211 rue Bernard Ouest. Drawn&Quartelry is also a long-living independent publisher, specializing in alternative and underground comics, so go out there, visit them and support local talent.

Second, you need artists or genres to follow more intensely than others. Finding your specialty is a matter of personal choice and preference, and considering the last comic I personally bought was Spawn #3, I am really in no place to talk about this.

I can however talk about a local artist, Sully and his latest graphic novel The Hipless Boy, because Sully's character was born on the pages of my university's newspaper, the McGill Daily. And alongside the Hipless Boy, the Daily's pages also gave birth to my favorite comic-strip of all time, also brought to life by Sully: “the Pedigree Girls”. What are the Pedigree Girls? The Pedigree Girls are (actually were) one of the best McGill tradition (alongside with Open Air Pub and other liberties that are now surrounded by fences, gates and security guards).

The Pedigree Girls are 2 young women from a good family, from a rich family. But it really is impossible to describe what the Pedigree Girls are really all about, so here are some exerts. You can buy the 1st edition from publisher Insomniac Press, and the 2nd edition directly from publisher Saqi.

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