Here’s my chat with Ramón Pérez at C2E2.
Ramón Pérez is an established cartoonist, illustrator, and designer with over two decades experience in the creative field. His work has been seen in Marvel, DC, OWL Publishing, RAID Studios, and more. His credits include The All-New Hawkeye, The Amazing Spider-Man: Learning To Crawl, his adaptation of Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand for Archaia Entertainment, and many more. He is a multiple Eisner and Harvey award winning artist and has additionally garnered such accolades as The Honour Book and Official Selection 2008 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Awards, ForeWord Reviews’ 2010 Book of the Year Award, and The Shuster Award for best graphic novel 2012, amongst numerous nominations, for his collaborative works in children’s literature, digital media, and comics
During our chat, Ramón talked about RAID 2 Anthology – the annual showcase of all-new original content by creators at the Royal Academy of Illustration & Design. He talked about his upcoming exhibits including Toronto Comic Arts Festival while offering his opinion comparing US-based shows to those in Canada. Ramón also provided insight as to why his home showed up on a realtor website.
You can discover more about Ramón on Twitter at @theramonperez and online at ramonperez.com
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
Newsarama interviewed Yanick Paquette about his work on Batman #69. Because the issue is primarily about Catwoman and Batman dancing, Yanick approached the issue like a song. He explained his work as: “I write music in my spare time, less than I used to. String quartets and classical music. But I always thought there was a link between the written form of music and comics, for many reasons – the way you are in control of the tempo, for instance. When you read music, you can read it at your own pace. You’re in charge of it, which is the same thing with comics.” He went on to say: “This book, because it was basically just a huge dance, I tried to make it like a score.”
You can read more at Newsarama.com
The Belleville Intelligencer interviewed English teacher Kent Allin about using graphic novels in his classroom, primarily based on Indigenous studies. Kent was quoted as saying: “It’s one thing to have words on a page, but sometimes that old idea that a picture is worth a thousand words is a fairly rich one.” He also said: “And the beauty of comic books is not only do you get the picture worth a thousand words, but you get the thousand words on top of that, so you double down on what you come across with.” You can read more at Intelligencer.ca
Comics Beat interviewed D. Boyd about Chicken Rising from Conundrum Press. The memoir focuses on the rebellious teen years and her mother’s way of dealing with the challenges. D. was quoted as saying: “ I’ve always drawn comics as long as I can remember. I loved drawing comics but I never took it very seriously. As evidenced by the book, artistic pursuits weren’t really encouraged. So I didn’t even consider it as a real pursuit when I was younger.” She went on to say: “So I wanted to do it as a sort of a record or a testament to childhood. And it wasn’t too in intention to demonize or idealize. It is just to show the foundations of future adult behaviour for better or worse.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com
Multiversity Comics reported that the world of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston is getting even more attention with the one-shot comic The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia. Written by Jeff with newcomer Tate Brombal (editor at Bushido Red Studios), the comic is scheduled for release on July 3 and will showcase every ‘Black Hammer’ character. You can read more at MultiversityComics.com
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