Here’s my chat with Miles Baker about the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 11-12). Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM
Miles is one of the outstanding staff members at the The Beguiling comic book store. But more importantly, especially in the context of this interview, Miles is the Managing Director for The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
During our chat, Miles talked about what attendees can expect for the 2019 edition of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. In addition to special guests at this year’s event, Miles also spoke about one of his favourite moments from the festival from the past few years.
You can discover more information about Toronto Comic Artist Festival on Twitter at @torontocomics and online at http://www2.torontocomics.com/
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
CBC Books interviewed Yanick Paquette about the power of superhero storytelling. The video interaction took place at Librarie Z Bookstore in Montreal where Yanick talked about the comic books that have influenced him over the years. You can see the entire interview on CBC.ca/Books
Women Write About Comics published an interview comic book writer Ardo Omer. Ardo spoke with True North Country Comics Podcast last year for the Toronto Comics Osgoode As Gold anthology launch party. For this particular interview, she was asked to comment on the topic of Batman and as a student of criminology, Ardo offered some unique perspectives. For example, she said: “In comics, I tend to enjoy stories that aren’t necessarily starring Batman like Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and 1988’s Suicide Squad #10. The No Man’s Land arc has had interesting moments of questioning Batman’s role in Gotham which I like but definitely a run I need to revisit (I loved the novelization by Greg Rucka). I like a Batman struggling with his existence.” You can read more at WomenWriteAbout Comics.com
CBC Books published an article entitled “10 Canadian comics to read right now”. Written with the context of the upcoming Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the author lists some of the Canadian comics or graphic novels of note including:
– This Place by Kateri Akiwenzie- Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell and many more
– The Handmaid’s Tale by Maraget Atwood and Renee Nault
– Chicken Rising by D. Boyd
– When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll
– Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge
– This Woman’s Work by Julie Delporte
– Clyde Fans by Seth
– Death Threat by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Ness Lee
– Aurora Borealice by Joan Steacy
– Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books
School Library Journal wrote about a new Dark Horse graphic novel based on the Disney film Frozen. Cecil Castellucci will be writing a retelling of the film from the points of view of Anna and Elsa in Disney Frozen YA Retelling available on October 1. You can read more at Blogs.SLJ.com
And here’s yet another CBC Books interview, but this time with Renee Nault about how she adapted The Handmaid’s Tale into a graphic novel. Renee was quoted as saying “My first task was to adapt it into a script that would work as a graphic novel. A lot had to be cut out and shifted around. I made a movie-style script for the publishers and for Margaret. I went through the novel over and over again with a highlighter and tried to figure out what passages made the novel what it is, the essence of it.” You can read more at CBC.ca/Books
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