BackBench Collection, The

The BackBench Collection

The BackBench Collection

by Graham Harrop


  • Autumn 2007
  • ISBN 978-155380-053-8 (1-55380-053-2)
  • 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ Trade Paperback, 120 pages
  • Humour, Cartoons

“BackBench” has appeared daily for almost twenty years in The Globe & Mail, both as a comic strip and as a panel cartoon. With his witty, irreverent humour, Graham Harrop has satirized most of Canada’s major political figures. He has commented on government scandals, the cosy connection of politicians and pop idols, and the continuing battles between the feds and the provinces. He is noted for his humorous take on Leonard Cohen in his much publicized retreat to a California monastery as well as Margaret Atwood and her “remote pen” for signing books.

Above all, however, Harrop focuses on everyday happenings: the struggle between doctors and their patients, the fashion industry, computer technicians, fast food outlets, Revenue Canada’s voracious appetite and, more recently, the 2010 winter Olympics to be held in Whistler. In his wonderfully suggestive cartoons, this gentle satirist has been making us laugh for some two decades at our leaders, our celebrities and ourselves, causing us to turn each day without fail to the comics page of Canada’s leading newspaper.

“Graham Harrop has what most cartoonists dream of — an unfettered imagination, a sublime silliness and as graceful a way with words as with pen and brush. In this collection, he meanders through Canada’s psyche in the same way Margaret Mead tromped through Samoa. And with better gams.”
— Dan Murphy, editorial cartoonist for the Vancouver Province