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Spending time with Maurice Vellekoop

By Kobo • July 10, 2024Kobo in Conversation Podcast

"I don't know if people are looking for advice but if you are considering writing a memoir, it kind of helps to have published a book of your own erotic fantasies first."

Michael spoke with artist, illustrator, and fashion designer, Maurice Vellekoop. Over a career spanning four decades, Vellekoop's work has been published in magazines including The New Yorker, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Fashion, and Cosmopolitan, and he’s the author and illustrator of the books, The World of Gloria Badcock: A Comic for Adults, A Nut at the Opera, and Maurice Vellekoop’s Pin-ups, to name just a few.

His newest book is I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together. It’s a memoir of his childhood and early adulthood in a suburb of Toronto, the youngest of four siblings in a strictly religious household, and it’s about coming out as a gay man at a very particular time in the 1980s.

I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together: A Memoir by Maurice Vellekoop

For fans of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together is an epic graphic memoir about a queer illustrator surviving his intensely Christian childhood in 1970s Toronto.

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