In Case You Missed It for Sunday June 3, 2018

In Case You Missed It for Sunday June 3, 2018 is a recap of the news about Canadian comic book creators that you may have missed for the past week.

In Case You Missed It

The Joe Shuster Award nominations were announced this past week. As you know, this is Canada’s national award to honour and raise awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comic books, digital comics and graphic novels. While the list is much too long to list here, I will call out the Downtown Comics stores in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for being nominated for ‘spreading the love of comic books’. Awards will be handed out at the Montreal Comic Con taking place July 6 to 8. You can read more about all the nominations on the Joe Shuster Award site. https://joeshusterawards.com/2018/05/29/the-2018-joe-shuster-award-nominations-les-nomines-pour-le-prix-joe-shuster-2018/

CBC Radio reported on a study that finds illustrated story books are better for kids’ brains than video or text based on efforts using a variety of books including stories from Canadian author Robert Munsch. You can read more about the report on the CBC Radio website http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.4678180/illustrated-story-books-are-better-for-kids-brains-than-video-or-text-study-finds-1.4678195

SyFy Wire interviewed writer Mariko Tamaki about her new graphic novel Supergirl: Being Super. The interview includes a break down by Mariko about the big beats of her story along her background. http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/inside-supergirl-being-super-with-writer-mariko-tamaki

The Boston Globe reported that They Say Blue written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki won top honours in the 2018 Globe-Horn Book wards for the picture book category. https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2018/05/31/globe-horn-book-winners-named/1P0bMxC7CNK3PewND5N21K/story.html?event=event25

The site Cleveland.com reported that the Lakewood City School District is embracing graphic novels for summer reading requirement that will include Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. https://www.cleveland.com/lakewood/index.ssf/2018/05/lakewood_city_school_district_2.html

CBC Books reported on answers from Doug Wright Award-nominated artist Connor Willumsen who answered insightful questions from eight fellow authors. http://www.cbc.ca/books/what-s-the-best-response-doug-wright-award-nominated-artist-connor-willumsen-could-get-from-a-reader-1.4655200

Vulture published a list of the ‘8 Best Comics to Read’ for June including Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by comic book artist Mike Feehan. http://www.vulture.com/2018/06/deadpool-snagglepuss-and-more-great-comics-to-read-in-june.html

Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy also issued their list of comic books and graphic novels for June including Canadian creators Black Panther: Avengers of the New World, Part 2 by Leonard Kirk, DC/Young Animal: Milk Wars by Cecil Castelucci, Ty Templeton, Dave Eaglesham and others, plus Grass Kings, Vol. 2 by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/the-best-comics-and-graphic-novels-of-june-2018/

The Hollywood Report published an article announcing that Amazon unveiled a new comic line to be made available through the digital Comixology platform from a variety of creators including Hope Nicholson of Bedside Press. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/amazon-unveils-new-comic-line-digital-comixology-platform-1116194

I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk to even more creators that I met at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival:

  • I chatted with Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron about Songs For The Dead. https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2018/05/28/interview-about-songs-for-the-dead/
  • I spoke with Sean Patrick McCarron about VAUDEVILLAINS. https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2018/05/29/creator-of-vaudevillains-cites-jeff-smiths-bone-as-inspiration/
  • And I interviewed Kate Drwecka about Becoming and her other projects. https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2018/05/30/interview-with-kate-drwecka/

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