‘Group of 7’ creators reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day in Canada

Here’s my chat with Chris Sanagan and Jason Lapidus at Mississauga Comic Expo 2018. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts.

Chris and Jason MCX 2018

Chris is the writer of Canadian historical action-adventure comic book series Group of 7 and the upcoming Peregrines. He is also an archivist and holds a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. Chris has written for Spacing Toronto, The American Archivist and the Guelph Mercury Tribune.

Jason is the artist for Group of 7. He’s illustrated for the Guelph Mercury Tribune and recently begun drawing the upcoming comic book Peregrines. Prior to making comics, Jason was an elementary school art teacher, taught comic arts at the Royal Ontario Museum and served as a communication professor at George Brown College.

During our chat, Chris and Jason talked about the new issue of Group of 7 and what inspires them to create the series. Both offered their personal insight into what Remembrance Day means to them and how they hope the Group of 7 series will educate and inspire others.

You can discover more about Group of 7 on Twitter at @groupof7 and online at groupof7comic.ca

Group of 7 #3


Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

CBC Arts reported on Toronto-based visual effects artist and graphic novel illustrator James Raiz who redrew his young son’s superheroes in classic comic book style. The time-lapse videos of Raiz’s drawings on YouTube is generating a lot of attention – a recent video has more than 1.7 million views. You can read more on CBC.ca

University Affairs interviewed researcher Dr. Benjamin Woo, assistant professor of communication and media studies at Carleton University, about his latest book ‘Getting a Life: The Social Worlds of Geek Culture’. In the interview, he says that his research isn’t directly about comics. He said ‘It’s about people. And people are endlessly fascinating.’ You can read more at UniversityAffairs.ca

CBC Books interviewed Govern General Literary award winner Jillian Takamaki about why she decided to make her first-ever picture book. After making comics for adults and kids for quite some time, Jillian explained that she made the award-winning ‘They Say Blue’ because ‘the picture book was a form I was intrigued by and wanted to try.’ You can read more of the interview on CBC.ca/books


And because this is new comic book day, here’s some of the Canadian comic book creators who have new books available for sale today:

A Very DC Rebirth Holiday Sequel TP
Jeff Lemire – writer

Champions #26
Jim Zub – writer

Champions Vol. 4: Northern Lights TP
Jim Zub – writer

Death of Inhumans #5
Kaare Andrews – cover artist

Death Orb #2
Ryan Ferrier – writer

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1
Sanya Anwar – variant cover artist

Green Arrow #46
Kaare Andrews – variant cover artist

Jim Henson Labyrinth Coronation Vol. 1 HC
Fiona Staples – cover artist

Justice League #11
Francis Manapul – artist, cover artist

Marvel Knights 20th #1
Kaare Andrews – variant cover artist

Marvel Rising TP
Ryan North – writer

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #72
Agnes Garbowska – artist, cover artist

Shade The Changing Girl Vol. 1 Earth Girl Made Easy TP
Cecil Castellucci – writer
Sanya Anwar – artist

Spawn #291
Todd McFarlane – writer, variant cover artist

Star Wars #56
Jamal Campbell – cover artist

Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1
Leonard Kirk – artist

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation TP
Michael Walsh – artist

Steven Universe: Harmony #4
Marguerite Sauvage – cover artist

The Unexpected #6
Yanick Paquette – cover artist

The Wicked + The Divine: The Funnies #1
Kate Leth – artist, writer
Chip Zdarsky – artist, writer

Vertigo: A Celebration of 25 Years HC
Chris Bachalo – cover artist

X-23 #6
Mariko Tamaki – writer

For more information visit TrueNorthCountryComics.com/new-books/

Here’s what’s on the calendar of events for this coming weekend for Canadian comic book creators and supporters:

Trenton Comic Con takes place on November 10 in Trenton, Ontario

Napanee Comic Con takes place on November 11 in Napanee, Ontario

For details about both events, please visit popculturecanada.ca


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