Steph Brennan chats about writing comics and future projects at TCAF 2019

Here’s my chat with Steph Brennan at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM

Steph Brennan TCAF 2019

Steph is a Toronto-based writer and illustrator with previous works appearing in Strange Romance Anthology and Supernatural Anthology Volume 2. She was interviewed on the site last summer for her contribution to the Toronto Comics Anthology Osgoode as Gold.


During our chat, Steph talked about her latest anthology Doors from the Donut Collective. She also spoke about writing comics and the structure of creating a story. Steph also chatted about her upcoming projects including a daily webcomic.

You can discover more Steph Twitter at @stephbrennan4  and online at


Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

Book Riot published an article entitled Don’t Let Them Intimidate You: A Beginner’s Guide To Comic Books offering hints and tips about where to find comic books and guides on what to read. The list includes many titles featuring Canadian creators including:
Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
Sex Criminals by Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction
Y: The Last Man by Pia Guerra, Brian K. Vaughan and Jose Marzan Jr.
Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart
Hellboy by John Bryne and Mike Mignola
Faith by Marguerite Sauvage, Jody Houser, Frances Portela and others
Nancy Drew by Jenn St-Onge and Kelly Thompson
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
Lumberjanes by Faith Erin Hicks, Noelle Stevenson and others
Bingo Love by Jenn St-Onge, Joy San, Tee Franklin and Cardinal Rae
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CBC News published an article about an artist who exhibited at the recent East Coast Comic Expo who created 700 different characters. Ren Peters of Moncton, spent her childhood on Elsipogtog First Nation. In the article she discussed her hope to create a comic book. Ren was quoted as saying: ““I love making cutesy art, but I also like making creepy art, so sometimes I like mixing it together, where I make a cute-type character but they have an awful personality. It’s just your imagination and being able to let it out through art is amazing.” You can read more at


Global News reported on a new way to teach kids to hunt down fake news and detect inaccuracies in media. Jason Harley and Daniel Beaudin created a graphic novel called Fake News and Dinosaurs for the project. According to Jason, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta: “We know from educational psychology research that narratives with stories can be a really powerful way of teaching people….Emotions can impact learning — they can narrow our attention, get in the way, distract us — and fake news uses that.” You can read more at


CBC Books interviewed Michael DeForge about Leaving Richard’s Valley. When asked why he created this book, Michael was quoted as saying: “Having to think of something new every day could be rough. It ended up being a challenge I enjoyed. I tried not to write too far in advance, so I was put on the spot all over again. It ended up producing some pretty interesting results where the strip took a lot of detours that it wouldn’t have gone on if I had planned it all out in advance very meticulously. Being forced to improvise like that was challenging, but something I enjoyed a lot.”
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