In Case You Missed It for Sunday June 10, 2018 is a recap of the news about Canadian comic book creators that you may have missed for the past week.
CBC Books issued a list of the ‘8 Canadian books we can’t wait to read in June’. One highlight included Feast of Fields by Sean Karemaker from Conundrum Press. The new offering is a black and white biographical graphic novel that retells the story of the author’s mother’s upbringing in a Denmark orphanage and how she eventually ended up in British Columbia in the 1990s. The book is available starting June 12 http://www.cbc.ca/books/8-canadian-books-we-can-t-wait-to-read-in-june-1.4682448
Publisher’s Weekly interviewed Mariko Tamaki about the Lumberjanes series during BookCon 2018. The article quotes Tamaki describing Lumberjanes as “a series about five kids at the coolest camp ever. It’s fantastical, but also very much grounded in what it’s actually like to be at camp, with badges and campfires and ghost stories and wilderness and the odd Greek deity and/or magical creature thrown into the mix.” You can read of the interview with Mariko on Publisher’s Weekly site. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/77121-bookcon-2018-mariko-tamaki-and-brooklyn-allen-checking-in-with-the-lumberjanes.html
Paste Magazine also had the opportunity to chat with Mariko about Supergirl: Being Super. When asked about her idea behind the graphic novel, she said “I sort of tried to take it from that sort of My So-Called Life approach to things, like what does it feel like to be that person on a daily basis? For whatever reason, it was so fun, and everything I brought to the story, DC Comics was super into, so it was really fun to write this book.” You can read more of the interview on PasteMagazine.com https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/mariko-tamaki-talks-supergirl-being-super-teen-ang.html
Mariko received additional recognition from Entertainment Weekly with Supergirl: Being Super as one of the five comics to read this June. EW says “…this graphic novel from an all-female creative team grounds Kara in the relatable friendships, desires, and struggles of high school adolescence. She’s dealing with puberty, tragedy, and oh yeah, superpowers too.” You can read more on EW.com http://ew.com/books/2018/06/04/5-comics-to-read-june/
Global News interviewed Kelowna-based YA author Cale Atkinson about his fifth book entitled Off and Away. Cale talked about his process for creating: “All the pictures for Off and Away I’ve painted on my computer, on this screen and with this screen I have a special stylus kind of like an ipad or a tablet.” You can read more of the interview with Cale on GlobalNews.ca https://globalnews.ca/news/4252430/local-childrens-book-author-and-illustrator-launches-fifth-written-book/
If you have plans to include Toronto in your travel itinerary in the near future, you may want to consider a new spot BAM! Breakfast and Bistro located on the eclectic Queen St. East section of the city. Narcity.com says “The restaurant is decorated inside and out with old style graffiti and the words ‘whoosh’ and ‘splat’ and ‘pop’ scattered across the walls will make you feel like you literally stepped inside your favourite comic book to eat breakfast.” You can read more about the new brunch spot on Narcity.com https://www.narcity.com/ca/on/toronto/best-of-to/embrace-your-inner-comic-book-geek-at-this-unreal-brunch-spot-in-toronto
Here’s one for students to take note. North Vancouver secondary school art teacher Meghan Parker is graduating this month from Simon Fraser University with an Master of Arts degree in education and a special distinction. What’s unique is that she’s the first Canadian to complete a thesis in comic book form. You can read more on the SFU.ca site http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2018/06/comic-book-thesis-a-canadian-first.html
CBR.com published an exclusive report on four new series from Valiant Comics featuring a variety of Canadian creators including Marguerite Sauvage, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, and Ken Lashley. More information is available on CBR.com https://twitter.com/TrueNorthComics
I posted a two-part report from the ‘Meet the Makers’ panel recorded at the Guelph Public Library. The guests included Scott Chantler, Jason Lapidus, Chris Sanagan and Brian Fray with moderator Jennifer Haines, owner of the Eisner award-winning comic book stores The Dragon. It’s a great series of insightful discussions and it would be a shame for you to miss them. Please let me know what you think.
I chatted with Meaghan Scanlon, the Special Collections Librarian at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, about the Alter Ego exhibit currently on display at the Toronto Public Library. Meaghan explained that the exhibit as an attempt to define Canadian identity through comic books from the past to the present. https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2018/06/06/alter-ego-exhibit-attempts-to-define-canadian-identity-in-comic-books/
I also spoke with Irene Velentzas, a PhD student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, who is one of the organizers of the War in Comics exhibition. The exhibition of comics art officially opened June 7 and is scheduled to conclude July 1. Organized by the English Department at Memorial University in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the exhibition features the works of Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Wallace Ryan (The Narrow Way), Joe Sacco (The Great War), and Paul Tucker (Tet). https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2018/06/08/war-in-comics-exhibit-engages-both-young-and-old/
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