Because we love good fiction and want to promote homegrown talent, Maisonneuve generally includes a large author photograph with each short story we run. It's a way to introduce readers to new authors, and it's always nice to put a face to a name. So when we got our hands on Montreal writer Sean Michaels' fabulous "Knights of Griffintown," published in our current issue, we had an idea. Since the story depicts a young man starting a makeshift knighthood in the working-class neighbourhood with a mythical name, why not dress Michaels up in cardboard armour, parade him around Griffintown and document the whole thing?
The photo illustration you see above is the hilarious result. The prodigiously talented Marc Rimmer snapped it, while Maisonneuve art director Anna Minzhulina crafted the armour. Bewildered passersby in Griffintown gawked, laughed and even took their own cellphone pictures. But Rimmer took too many fantastic shots to publish just one, so below, we present a few of our favourite raw outtakes. Don't forget to pick up Issue 37 (Fall 2010) to read "Knights of Griffintown."
All photographs by Marc Rimmer.
Related on maisonneuve.org: