Jonathan Dyck


Progress isn’t always a straight line

When a non-denominational megachurch opens on the edges of a rural Mennonite community, a quiet—but longstanding—battle begins to reveal itself. For years, the traditionalists in the community have held fast to the values and beliefs they grew up with, while other community members have begun raising important questions about LGBTQ+ inclusion, Indigenous land rights, and the Mennonite legacy of pacifism.

Through a series of vignettes, Shelterbelts explores the perspectives, experiences and limitations of a wide range of characters who find themselves increasingly at odds with their surroundings.

A pastor and his queer daughter learn that a family has left their church because of the “LGBT issue.” Young activists butt heads with a farmer over the construction of a pipeline happening on his fields. A librarian leaves suggestive notes for readers inside popular library books. By pulling these threads together, artist Jonathan Dyck has woven a rich tapestry — one that depicts a close-knit community in the midst of defining its future as it reckons with its past.

“I rarely encounter a debut graphic novel that is as ambitious, as clearly told, and as deeply felt as Jonathan Dyck’s Shelterbelts. Here is a cartoonist to watch.”— Seth, creator of Clyde Fans

About the Author

Jonathan Dyck is an illustrator and cartoonist from Winnipeg, Manitoba—Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

He won a Silver medal for illustration at the 2021 Alberta Magazine Awards, won the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award for Children’s Illustration at the 2018 Manitoba Book Awards, and received a Gold medal for illustration at the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards. His comics and illustrations have appeared in Broadview, Geez, Briarpatch, Prairie Fire, The Walrus, Popula, Literary Review of Canada, Carousel, 4Panel, Reader’s Digest Canada, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Alberta Views, and THIS Magazine.

Publication Details

ISBN: 978-177262-068-9
240 pages, 6×9 inches
b&w, trade paper
May 2022