Boum is a cartoonist, illustrator and video game enthusiast. Her work, Boumeries, is an ongoing journal webcomic first started in February 2011. The first of the collected self-published volumes was awarded the Best Francophone Comic prize at the Expozine Awards 2011 and nominated for the Bedelys Award for Best Independent Comic the same year. Boumeries was also a nominee for the 2016 Bedelys Award and for the 2015, 2017 and 2018 Joe Shuster Awards. I spoke with Boum last fall after her appearance at a major Toronto comic book convention.
During our chat, Boum talked about her recent experience tabling at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. She talked about how she got into webcomics and offered tips about how others can get started in the medium. Boum also spoke about her upcoming projects that are outside of her regular webcomic stories.
You can discover more about Boum on Twitter at @boumerie and online at boumfolio.com and boumeries.com
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
Marvel wrote an article about celebrating their 80th anniversary with the publication of Alpha Flight: True North. Available this September, the creative team is comprised of fellow Canadians including: Jim Zub, Jed MacKay, Ed Brisson, Max Dunbar, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Scott Hepburn and Nick Bradshaw. According to editor Chris Robinson (not Canadian): “To celebrate the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Championship,we’re bringing back the greatest of the Great White North, Canada’s premiere super-team Alpha Flight! And we’ve assembled a super-team of Canadian talent behind the scenes for extra authenticity. Trust me, these guys are going deep into the Department H files to tie-up those loose Alpha Flight story threads that have been keeping you all up at night. You wanted dip with the chips? Here it is!”
You can read more at Marvel.com
SyFy Wire wrote about Todd McFarlane’s Spawn becoming the longest-running creator-owned comic with issue #301 this September. When asked about what the milestone means to him, Todd said: “It is with great pride that I can say that after nearly three decades of producing the Spawn title, that I am still 100% in the creative driver’s seat of the character I brought to life back in 1992. I wrote and drew that first issue and will do the same for this historic issue as well.”
You can read more at SyFy.com
CBC Books interviewed comic book artist Ken Steacy about his work with Margaret Atwood on WarBears. When asked about the reason for creating this graphic novel, Ken said: “Most Canadians don’t know that we had a homegrown comics industry, which flourished for a few years during the war because of something called the War Exchange Conservation Act, which restricted import of certain ‘unnecessary goods’ from the U.S., including comics. Overnight, four little companies — two in Toronto, one in Montreal and one in Vancouver — sprang up. When the war ended, the act was repealed. American comics flooded back in and wiped out the industry in 18 months. It was 30 years before we started producing comics in Canada again”
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books
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