portrait croppedNicole Marie Burton is an Illinois-born, Ontario based activist and illustrator. Since founding the Ad Astra Comix publishing collective in 2013, she has worked to build the public profile of comics as a medium for communicating important ideas.

Much of Nicole’s work takes the form of graphic novel collaborations with scholars. These projects, produced in collaboration with researchers, use the medium of comics to make complex academic ideas simple and accessible for broad public audiences. Nicole is available to work as an illustrator or with her author partner, Hugh Goldring, as a comics creation team.
To get in touch with Nicole about working together, please write to petroglyphcomics @
Her most recent work, ‘Enemy Alien‘ (Between the Lines Press, 2020) is a graphic memoir of a Ukrainian internee in Canada’s First World War internment camps.

Previous publications include:

  • The short labour history ‘Coal Mountain’ in “Drawn To Change” (Between the Lines Press, 2014).
  • “Eugenie Shark!” a semi-autobiographical tribute comic to the pioneering Japanese-American shark scientist, Dr. Eugenie Clark (2015).
  • A series of children’s books with indigenous themes were illustrated for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre,
  •  …and dozens of smaller projects for activist groups, non-profits and scholars.


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