Rupert Bottenberg

The music editor at the Montreal Mirror newsweekly, Rupert Bottenberg has also written for Vice magazine and the National Post newspaper, among others. A devoted comics artist and enthusiast, he has created strips for anthologies in the US, Canada, and Europe, founded the Montreal Comic Jam events, served as comics correspondent on CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves show, and overseen comics-related events for several Montreal festivals, including the Fantasia genre-film festival, with which he has worked since its inception in 1996. His commercial illustrations have graced many CD covers and publications as diverse as Screw, Star Wars Kids, and a series of Urdu-instruction textbooks for Pakistani-Canadian kids. He has also dabbled in short-film creation and animation, as well as painting, sculpture, and printmaking, and has curated a number of group art shows in Montreal. In addition to creating Lost Myths with Claude Lalumière, Bottenberg is currently co-director of the En Masse art collective. Rupert lives in Montreal with two cats, Tatiana and Hank.