Jay is the writer on Conceptual Heist, Light & Letters and other forthcoming projects.
During our chat, Jay talked about his Kickstarter project Conceptual Heist which he describes as ‘cyberpunk tech meets Jazz age style’. He offered his feedback about the process of using Kickstarter as a means of publishing a book. Jay also provided insight into his influences as a comic book creator along with his insight into exhibiting for promotion.
You can find Jay on Twitter at @jaydici and the conceptualheist.com/kickstarter
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
The Saskatoon StarPhoenix published an article in which comic store owners were interviewed about superhero movies in advance of the Avengers: Endgame movie. When asked about the benefit of these Marvel movies, Tony Antonuk, the store manager of Amazing Stories was quoted as saying: “Younger people want comics and toys … anything that comes out with a Marvel character, people are looking for those.” Pat Thompson, owner and manager of 8th Street Books & Comics was critical of the storytelling the movies provide and said: “When you read a comic book … that action is happening in your mind, and you’re creating it, so it is as big and as powerful and as colourful as your imagination is…. When you sit down at a movie, all that’s done for you.” You can read more at TheStarPhoenix.com
Gamespot reported on a new Assassin’s Creed comic coming later this year. The Fall & The Chain will be produced by the team of Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl and Nadine Thomas. Slated for release in October, according to publisher Titan the series “tells of Daniel’s rise and fall through the ranks of the Assassin Brotherhood, and his subsequent rise through the ranks of the insidious Templars”. You can read more at Gamespot.com
The Toronto Star reported that on May 9 at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala, Gord Downie will posthumously receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award for the work he accomplished on behalf of Indigenous Canadians. Among his many contributions, he will be recognized for Secret Path, the graphic novel he created along with Jeff Lemire. You can read more at TheStar.com
Universal Music announced a new experience opening in Toronto, Ontario on June 1 called The Funhouse. Working with Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma, the experiential art maze celebrates Toronto-based visual and musical artists throughout the summer. Multidisciplinary artist LIGHTS has collaborated with Mondo Forma to create an environment inspired by various scenes from her graphic novel Skin and Earth. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, visitors can experience her imagined universe first-hand, and bring it to life using the Funhouse Augmented Reality app. According to Dawn Laing, artist manager: “So many talented, creative people have poured a lot of heart and soul into this project, and we hope people walk away amazed by what they’ve just participated in.” You can read more at Umusic.ca
This weekend features a multitude of conventions. For example, the Alaska Robotics Mini-con takes place in Juneau Arts & Culture Center and Ryan North is just one of the many featured guests. You can read more at minicon.alaskarobotics.com
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