PAMA curator talks about the comic book medium as a means to promote social causes

Here’s my chat with Sharona Adamowicz-Clements at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM


Sharona is the Curator of Art at PAMA and oversees the presentation of a variety of exhibits designed to inform, educate and entertain. Sharona is also the editor of ‘Dialogue & Divergence: Art of the Northwest Coast: Revisions: Stories from the Collection’.

During our chat, Sharona talked about the exhibit For A Social Cause and what the medium of comics brings to this informative display designed to raise awareness about the human condition. She talked about Southern Cross: A Novel of the South Seas by Laurence Hyde, RED: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, and Happily Ever Aftr by Ricky Lima and Nicholas Londeix.


You can find out more about the PAMA exhibit on Twitter @visitpama and online at (


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

Marvel announced a new Black Panther series starting in September. Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda will be written by Jim Zub with art by Lan Medina. The new ongoing series is described as “An under-the-radar task force spearheaded by the King of Wakanda with the help of General Okoye, the Agents of Wakanda introduce their very own brand of covert operations as the Wasp, Ka-Zar, and Gorilla-Man come together to take on threats across realities…” When asked about putting his take on stories of Black Panther, Jim was quoted as saying: “Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda is Kirby-fueled Mission: Impossible in the Marvel Universe. It’s over-the-top action and unexpected twists with a cast of characters pulled from strange places in the Marvel Comics canon. This is a strike force of misfits and monsters tasked with defending humanity and that gives me the freedom to tell a huge range of stories—serious and sadistic, epic and emotional.”
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Newsarama reported that Rat Queens is starting a new chapter with a new creative team including writer Ryan Ferrier. Beginning in issue 26, Ryan will be joined by artist Priscilla Petraites, and colourist Marcos Leskos. When asked about how he felt taking over from Kurtis Wiebe, Ryan was quoted as saying: “I think for me, having known Kurtis for so long and been letterer for a while, the transition and concept of taking over someone else’s baby was unsettlingly kind. He and I share incredibly similar styles and tastes, so I was/am confident though caring about the legacy. As a fan, I really do not want to f**k it up. As a writer, I do not feel I will f**k it up. There are still so many new Rat Queens adventures to be had, and I’m pumped that I get to be a part of that and continue the legacy!”
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The Verge wrote an article about an upcoming iPad drawing and painting app from Adobe that’s anticipated to arrive later this year. Called Adobe Fresco, the article explains that it’s “named after the Italian Renaissance-style painting technique of applying water-based pigments to wet plaster” and that “Adobe Fresco’s main selling point is its Live Brushes, which mimic the way paint would mix and blend in real life.” You can read more at


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