Here’s my chat with Cory Doctorow at C2E2 in Chicago.
photo by Jonathan Worth
Cory is a science fiction author, activist and journalist — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of many books, most recently Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults; In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age; and Homeland, a YA sequel to Little Brother.
During our chat, Cory talked about his current work Radicalized. While he has no plans for a graphic novel in the near future, he dished on his upcoming children’s book. Cory provided his guidance for creators when it comes to ownership of their content.
You can find Cory on Twitter at @doctorow and online at craphound.com
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
On Twitter, Claire Lordon announced her upcoming YA graphic novel One In A Million. Slated for the fall of 2023, the memoir tells about the author’s battle with a brain tumor as a teenager and how her family and love of art helped her to over the side effects of the illness. Claire said: “I’m SO EXCITED! I can finally announce my graphic novel deal! I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time and I can’t wait to share it.”
Quill & Quire published a review of This Place: 150 Years Retold featuring writing by Cree author David. A. Robertson. The graphic anthology showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators and two colour artists representing over 150 years of Canadian history from different viewpoints including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. In summary, the review concludes: “This Place: 150 Years Retold is a fantastic teaching tool for junior and high-school students and a great read for any age. And yet it barely scratches the surface of Indigenous history and storytelling. Hopefully this is just the first of many anthologies to challenge that long-taught, one-sided narrative.” You can read more at QuillAndQuire.com
Archie Comics announced on Twitter that Jenn St-Onge will join Mariko Tamaki on the Archie and Sabrina comic series beginning in July with a special two-part flashback story in issues #706 and 707. Mariko Tamaki responded to the news on Twitter with: “HECK YA”.
CBC Books wrote about ’15 Canadian books to read this spring’. The list includes
– The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel written by Margaret Atwood and illustrated by Renee Nault
– This Woman’s Work by Julie Delporte
– Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
– Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books
The Chronicle Herald reported on this past weekend’s Geekquinox taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia to celebrate comics, gaming and cosplay. Creators included Tony White, Ed Brisson and Gisèle Lagacé. When asked about getting into comics, Ed was quoted as saying: “Editors want to know that it’s going to work out before they hire you. They want to see that you’ve got a solid body of work, and know that you can meet deadlines. If you don’t hit your deadlines, you’re toast.” Gisèle said: “It’s good if you can put your work out there so people can see it. You just don’t give up, it can be 15 years before you get to there you get noticed by the industry.” You can read more at TheChronicleHerald.ca
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