Mark Bertolini talks about influences and future comic book projects

Here’s my chat with Mark Bertolini. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM

Mark Bertolini
Mark is an Ontario-based writer with comic books published by 215 Ink, Markosia Enterprises, FUBAR press, Black Ship Books, ComixTribe, Action Labs Comics and Darby Pop Comics. He’s also a New York Times bestselling writer having contributed the short story “Unit 731” to FUBAR volume 2: Empire of the Rising Dead.

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During our chat, Mark talked about his current work Bastard’s Waltz. He also offered his insights into current and past influences for his work. Mark also spoke about his upcoming work Freak Show and the potential for his work showing up on the small screen.

You can discover more about Mark on Twitter at @mark_bertolini and online at www.markbertolini.wordpress.com

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

The Verge published an article offering an oral history of webcomics. The article outlines the phases that webcomics took as they spun out of the demise of the newspaper comic strips and the rise of the Internet in popularity. Ryan North, noted for Dinosaur Comics was quoted as saying: “I cut little T. rex silhouettes out of construction paper and put them up around campus with the URL on them. I’m very tall, so I could jump and get them up where the janitorial staff couldn’t reach. When I heard people in the cafeteria talking about Dinosaur Comics, I thought I was being pranked. I guess the way I got early readers was… vandalism?”
You can read more on TheVerge.com
https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/5/18295369/webcomics-xkcd-questionable-content-dinosaur-comics-90s-internet-social-media

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The Hub from YALSA published their Great Graphic Novel Nominees Round Up. Included on the list is Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom illustrated by Jenn St-Onge. The write up for the book reads: “Teens who read Nancy Drew books when they were younger, will love this reimagining of the series.” You can read more at YALSA.ALA.org
http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2019/04/04/great-graphic-novels-ggn2020-nominees-round-april-4-edition/

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BookRiot.com wrote about the YA Graphic Novels hitting shelves between April and June of this year. The list includes Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki that’s available for sale on May 7. You can read more on BookRiot.com
https://bookriot.com/2019/04/03/spring-2019-ya-graphic-novels/

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CBC Books published an article entitled ‘9 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week’. Among the nine is Operatic written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, plus Nibi’s Water Song written by Sunshine Tenasco and illustrated by Chief Lady Bird. You can read more at CBC.ca/books
https://www.cbc.ca/books/9-books-you-heard-about-on-cbc-radio-this-week-1.5086110

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Canada.com interviewed Calgary writer Teresa Wong about her new graphic novel Dear Scarlet. The book offers Teresa’s personal insight into postpartum depression and her struggles coping with early days of motherboard. Teresa was quoted as saying: “Motherhood is a truly life-changing experience, and with that can come really intense feelings that can turn negative pretty easily. I think if you’re aware and you’re not caught off guard, then it takes away some of that shame and loneliness around it.” You can read more at O.Canada.com
https://o.canada.com/entertainment/books/calgary-writer-teresa-wong-portrays-postpartum-fog-in-graphic-novel-dear-scarlet/wcm/07df0bde-5919-4196-8941-6e5c42c020e3

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On the calendar this weekend is Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo featuring Faith Erin Hicks. More info can be found at DinkDenver.com

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