Hero Book (3rd edition)
pages (24 of them in colour)
b&w + colour images
available at conundrum
Hero Book is a striking work that defies easy categorization:
a hybrid of art and text."
Montreal Review of Books mRb
press release: Oct
Montréal book launch
/ exhibit of The Hero Book and
the housewarming / fund-raising shindig
in Cumulus' new offices was
great! We managed to raise $440 for local
youth homeless shelter, Le
Refuge des Jeunes. Thanks to everyone who came!
here for The Hero Book in
Hero Book in the Media:
Waters Soldiers On" by David Jager in Toronto's Now.
Heals All Wounds (Negotiating a Lie, Pt. 2)" at Craig
Exposes the Antisocial" Homosocial at No Media
||Mar 4 2007
Badly by Angela Carr in the Montreal Review of Books
Magazine by Lateef Martin
books to give!" in Montreal's Hour
by Brett Hooton
||Dec 7 2006
'hero book' and you will find links to 'memory work', a practice
that began in Africa, notably among mothers living with HIV/AIDS.
Keep surfing and you will learn that the 'hero book' is both a document
and a process, whereby a child, through guidance, tells the story
of their life relative to the conflicts and problems that beset
Scott Waters' has taken this format and, using text, photos, and
painted image, applied it to time spent in the military. The results
are stunning. Waters' prose is matter-of-fact, and stands in contrast
to his meticulously painted images, many of them set against that
mass-produced, knots-and-all surface known as 'plywood'—an
accurate metaphor for what we in the civilian world call 'military
Reading The Hero Book, I am reminded of the similarities
between children's skipping songs and military marching cadences.
The content differs, but the narrative stays the same.”
Turner, author of Hard Core Logo and The
Waters once had to choose between art school and
the infantry. He chose the latter, then the former. He now spends
his time painting, drawing and making little books about a life
he thought he hated. Having been recently chosen for the Canadian
Forces Artist Program (CFAP)
he will, accordingly, use his past to help edge the world towards
selfawareness. Scott lives in Toronto and has recently found a
this is all I need to show you. Everything I’ve tried to
drag across this chasm of time can be distilled down to a hairless
torso, a farmer’s tan and a GPMG.”
Floating in the blue lagoon
Boy, you better do it soon
No time would be better
a great fucking movie,” I often thought to myself back in
the winter of 1990. So did the guys I was stationed with.
We knew the
songs and dialogue by heart and knocked back beer, vodka or sometimes
rubbing alcohol and would pause the scene where Ariel ascends,
in her now human form, to the world above. After a few hours of
drinking we would head down the hall to the communal showers to
get cleaned up for the prairie girls who would later be in the
bars, as drunk and desperate as we were.
First though, we would wash our hair and lather our bodies. Taking
our drinks with us, the soundtrack tape would be turned up loud
enough to echo around the shower walls and through the steam.
I would sing along with Dacon and Prevachal and swill Black Label
and we would sometimes pee on each other.
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me