Steve Murray gets a book deal

National Post cartoonist Steve Murray has reached a deal with publisher McClelland & Stewart to publish his graphic novel history of Canada, The True North: Graphic Tales of Canada.

Steve Murray, who is responsible for graphic features in the Post such as Newsmaker Fortunes and Extremely Bad Advice, will release the book in 2011.

“I cannot stress how tentative the title is,” Murray joked on his Twitter stream.

Check out Steve Murray’s Extremely Bad Advice column

Steve Murray is a graphic columnist for the National Post and sometimes comic book artist (under the name Chip Zdarsky). His weekly Arts & Life column, Extremely Bad Advice, appears every Thursday until the world runs out of problems that need solving. His illustrations have also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, New York Magazine and Toronto Life, to very little fanfare. He is the creator of the comic books Prison Funnies and Monster Cops, which he self-publishes under the company name Legion of Evil Press. Legion of Evil Press also publishes the Comics Festival! Free Comic Book Day specials that coincide with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Steve also helped co-found Toronto studio The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design.