Johnnie Christmas talks about comics in Japan, his ‘Alien 3’ series and meeting author William Gibson

Here’s my  chat with Johnnie Christmas. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and

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Johnnie is the co-creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel Angel Catbird (with acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood). He is also the creator, writer and artist of Firebug. And Johnnie’s current work is Alien 3 from Dark Horse Comics – the subject of the chat today.


During our chat, Johnnie talked about his recent trip to Japan with the team from Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He provided insight into his current series Alien 3. Johnnie also offered a sneak peek about his upcoming projects for later this year.  

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You can find Johnnie online on Twitter at @j_xmas and online at


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

The Hollywood Reporter published an article about Bedside Press reissuing an original graphic novel and a new graphic novel adaptation. Bedside Press is bringing Work for a Million — a 1986 novel by Eve Zaremba that features the first out lesbian detective protagonist — back to print in 2019, and also adapting the story into comic book format at the same time. According to publisher Hope Nicholson: “This is the perfect gift for those who love pulp and crime comics, with a Bogart-esque tough PI lead who still has a soft spot for vulnerable people to protect.”
You can read more about the project on and


Sequential Pulp has published news that cartoonist Dominic Bercier will return to Mirror Comics with SIGNAL Saga. Previous works such as The PopTerra Collection and Like Never Before & Like Never Again will be offered in digital editions as well. You can read more at


Sequential Pulp also wrote an article announcing a new project by Jason Loo about Pitiful Human Lizard. To honour the 5th year anniversary of the publication of the title, Jason is publishing new comic pages online every weekday in March with the collection to be made available at TCAF in May in a print edition. More information is available on

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The American Booksellers Association publisher their list of the bestselling indie comics and graphic works for the eight weeks prior to January 6, 2019. The list includes two works by Svetlana Chmakova: Crush at number 3 and Brave at number 21.

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Diamond Comic Distributors announced the winners of the 2018 Diamond Gen Awards as selected by comic book specialty retailers to recognize sales success in the comic book industry. Notable winners on the list include Action Comics #1000 with Dave McCaig and Michael Cho plus DC Super Hero Girls with Agnes Garbowska. More information is available at

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On the calendar for this coming weekend, on January 27 it’s the Pasadena Comic Convention and Toy Show featuring Matt Batt Banning. The event will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center Pasadena, CA. More information is available at



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