Doc and Raider Books by Sean Stephane Martin
“A couple of gay guys from Canada, Doc and Raider started back in 1987 as a small, single-panel cartoon whose initial appearance was in a LGBT publication in Vancover. They were quickly snapped up by others across Canada then Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Middle East… but always viewing things from a distinctly Canadian point of view. Tackling such issues as HIV/AIDS and gay bashing as well as leather contests and life with cats, Doc and Raider has rarely been a strip to shy away from an issue and looks for humour in the all the best places, whether political or pop-cultural or just about anything else.” (From the website About page)
In January of 2009 Sean brought Doc & Raider (and friends) to the web. At the time he wrote:
“For those not familiar with the strip, DNR started as a hand-drawn comic back in the mid80s in Canada and had a pretty successful run for almost a decade: two anthologies, about 3.5 million readers worldwide, and raising some pretty serious bucks for everything from an AIDS hospice in New Zealand to an arts festival in Scotland. I let the strip go fallow for a number of years, then brought it out of retirement a couple of years ago when the opportunity arose to convert the guys into 3D versions of themselves. This format is also allowing me to explore animating the guys; that should be a lot of fun.”
Sadly, Sean passed away August 13th, 2020. Sean had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for several months and entered hospice care just a few days before. He passed away, at peace, in his sleep. Randy, Executor of his estate is working on how to properly honour Sean’s extensive, incredible, creative output. In addition to all the books, Sean did lighting and set design for an unknown number of theatrical productions as well as working for a Display & Marketing firm.
Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:
- I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
- Sean earns a few dollars from the sale of each book; and richly deserves every penny;
- Some titles may be sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon.