Here’s my chat with Michelle Dix at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM
Michelle is an illustrator and storyteller from the Toronto, Ontario area who draws goblins and fantastical settings. Her work includes Vasilisa, Confession, Harlow Manor, and Perseus vs. Medusa. Michelle’s most recent comics include Roadtrip plus her contribution to the Shout Out! anthology.
During our chat, Michelle talked about Roadtrip and what it’s about. She also spoke about her artistic influences along with her future promotional plans.
You can discover more about Michelle on Twitter at @michelledixart and online at michelledix.com
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
Rocky Mountain Outlook wrote about publisher Renegade Arts Entertainment. The article highlights 1st Legion of Utopia written by James Davidge with art by Bob Prodor, along with Alice at Naptime by Shea Proulx, plus The Spine Chillers by Ben Clark.
You can read more at RMOutlook.com
The Toronto Star published an article entitled ‘Graphic novels so weird you’ll want to read them again’. Titles mentioned include Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge plus 1st Legion of Utopia by James Davidge and Bob Prodor.
You can read more at TheStar.com
Bustle posted about ’20 New Graphic Novels & Memoirs To Pack In Your Carry-On This Summer’. The reading list includes:
– The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood with art by Renee Nault
– Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression by Teresa Wong
– When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll
– Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
– House of Whispers, vol. 1: The Power Divided written by Nalo Hopkinson
You can read more at Bustle.com
Comics Beat interviewed Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato about their collaboration on Berserker Unbound — a four-issue mini-series set to debut on August 7 from Dark Horse comics. When asked how this title differs from his previous singular works like Underwater Welder, Royal City and Essex County, Jeff was quoted as saying: “Well, when you are writing and drawing your own work, the process is obviously very different. Really it all comes down to the fact that writing for another artist is a collaboration, whereas writing and drawing myself is a more isolated and meditative experience, whereas collaborating allows you to create something that I could never do on my own. Both are very rewarding, and I’m lucky to have been able to build a career where I can follow both of these creative avenues.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com
SyFy Wire recently spoke with Jim Zub about the upcoming Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape which he’s writing to accompany art by Troy Little. When asked about the title, Jim was quoted as saying: “Rick made a lot of failed characters back in 1st Edition, and in all the infinite dimensions and multiverses out there, the characters exist, and they’re very angry at him,” Zub teased while initially announcing the sequel as a guest on the D&D Live 2019: The Descent streaming event. “Last time they went to Faerun and went through five editions of D&D, this time D&D is coming to Earth and it’s not taking any prisoners.”
You can read more at SyFy.com
NBC’s Today published a list of 14 beach reads to keep kids reading and avoid ‘summer slide’. This Place: 150 Years Retold was mentioned along with the write up: “Young Adult readers will be fascinated by this comics anthology retelling Canada’s Indigenous history through the lives and voices of its Indigenous peoples. Canada’s Indigenous history is not a far cry from ours and there’s much to draw from and reflect on throughout these beautifully illustrated stories.”
You can read more at Today.com
Paste Magazine wrote about the best comic book covers for May 2019. Their list includes: The Six Million Dollar Man #3 cover by Michael Walsh.
You can read more at PasteMagazine.com
Newsweek interviewed writer Sfé R. Monster and artist Sarah Graley about bringing the gaming phenomena Minecraft to comics. When asked about getting involved with the comic, Sfé responded: “I got involved with the comic because I make comics! And for a while, I was known among my comic-making friends as “the one who’s really into Minecraft.” You truly never know where your interests are going to take you! When I was invited to be a part of the project and write the comic I knew for sure that I wanted to capture the adventure part of the game: exploring all the various biomes to take on big challenges, like fighting withers and ender dragons”
You can read more at Newsweek.com
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