Hartley Lin talks about ‘Young Frances’, ‘Pope Hats’ and more at TCAF 2019

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


Hartley (also known by the pseudonym Ethan Rilly) is a cartoonist originally from Toronto but is now based in Montreal. His comic book Pope Hats has received Doug Wright, Ignatz and Joe Shuster awards. He has drawn for The New Yorker, Walrus, Slate, Chronicle, HarperCollins and COMPLEX. Hartley recently won the 2019 Doug Wright Award for Best Book for Young Frances. That book is also nominated for this year’s Eisner Awards in the category of Best Graphic Album – Reprint.

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During our chat, Hartley talked about Young Frances and the reaction he’s received so far. He also spoke about his next project and how he’s drawing cartoons for The New Yorker as a fun aspect of his illustrative career. Hartley also chatted about his influences and how they impacted his artwork.

You can discover more about Hartley online at http://www.popehats.ca

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

BOOM Studios! recently interviewed Sweeney Boo and Lylian about their new graphic novel EAT, AND LOVE YOURSELF that will be available in stores April 2020. When asked about the book, Sweeney said: “Working on EAT, AND LOVE YOURSELF is a true healing experience for me. I suffered from an eating disorder in my early twenties, and while I was working on myself and getting better, I discovered how taboo and difficult of a subject it was to talk about.” She added: “This book is for everyone who has a difficult relationship with their body, or just themselves… I want to show everyone that they’re beautiful the way they are.”
You can read more at Boom-Studios.com


School Library Journal interviewed writer Sfé R. Monster and artist Sarah Graley about their new book volume 1 of Minecraft. When asked about the most challenging part of making this graphic novel, Sfé said: “ For me, the most challenging part was just narrowing the scope of Minecraft down! I had to make peace with the fact that no matter what I’d have to leave out some of my favorite parts and places and elements of the game. My favorite part, though, was having the kids tell anecdotes about their favorite memories of Minecraft that are really just situations I remember fondly from my experience playing the game.”
You can read more at Blogs.SLJ.com

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BBC News published an article announcing the publication of The Burning Black: The Legend of Black Shuck written by Mark Allard-Will, illustrated by Ryan Howe and lettered by Elaine M. Will. When asked about the project, Mark said he received funding from fans in the UK, Canada, the United States and Finland. He also said the hardest part of writing the book was making sure his research into clothing, housing, technology and settlement types of both the Dark Ages and Tudor era was as accurate as possible.
You can read more at BBC.comhttps://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-48544256

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Comicbook.com spoke with Jeff Lemire about additional spinoffs from his Black Hammer series. Jeff explained: “I think at the moment, we have three, maybe four other series in various stages of production…Some of them pretty far along and being drawn and will be out soon, and then a couple of those that are just in the outlining, writing stages.”
You can read more at Comicbook.com

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