Guy Delisle‘s new comic Hostage isn’t the typical kidnapping story, full of torture and guns. The book uses minimal colour and slow, repetitive action to pull you into the psychology of Christophe André, a humanitarian worker who spends most of the 400+ pages alone in a room. Born in Quebec City, Delisle now lives in France and has written acclaimed books about his travels including Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Jerusalem and Burma Chronicles.

Artists at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival talk about the charged experience of trading work. The artists recommended in the piece are:

Ginette Lapalme
Inés Estrata
Sammy Harkham
Anya Davidson
Vanessa Davis
Michael DeForge
Colour Code Printing
Tetsunori Tawaraya
Eric Kostiuk Williams
Jillian Tamaki

A few of these artists are with the publisher Koyama Press. There’s a great profile in the Globe and Mail about the publisher’s badass founder Annie Koyama.