Here’s my chat with James Davidge at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM
James is a teacher based in Calgary but he’s also the author of numerous graphic novels and prose novels including the Mathemagick series, the Driftwood Series, Thirteen Minutes, My Modern Panic and The Duchess Ranch of Old John Ware.
During our chat, James talked about his current work 1St Legion of Utopia about the birth of Canadian socialism published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. He also spoke about the inspiration for the graphic novel and why this particular work can benefit Canadian educational studies. James also mentioned his upcoming plans to promote his works.
You can discover more about James on Twitter at @JamesDavidge and online at jamesdavidge.ca
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
Polygon reported that Todd McFarlane will return to Spawn for a special 300th issue. The 72-page comic from Image Comics is slated to shelves on August 29. Todd was quoted as saying: “I created Spawn back when I was a teenager hoping to someday break into the comic book industry…Now, over 40 years later, not only was I able to have a career drawing and writing comics, but Spawn has been by my side for most of that journey.” You can read more at Polygon.com
Comics Now published an article announcing that Meredith Finch will be the writer on the five issue mini-series Age of Conan: Valeria from Marvel. With art by Aneke, the series starts in August. According to editor Marek Basso: “Meredith’s crafted a gripping tale, brought to life on the page under the wonderful pen of Aneke, that’s going to pull you deep into a Hyborian age mystery as Valeria confronts her past to forge her path to the future….It’s going to be like nothing you’ve seen yet from Marvel’s CONAN comics.” You can read more at Comics-Now.com
Paste magazine wrote an article entitled “10 Comics to Fill the Game of Thrones-Shaped Void in Your Life” because the HBO series has come to an end, for anyone who didn’t know. Among the 10 titles is Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan with artist Fiona Staples from Image Comics. The article states: “Like a rollercoaster ride in the dark, Saga’s next twist is never, ever predictable. And with plenty of issues already banked and the series on hiatus for at least a year, now’s the perfect time for curious GoT viewers to jump in the deep end on another story that’ll trample their hearts in the best way possible.” You can read more at PasteMagazine.com
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