Ricky is an illustrator originally from Newfoundland but now resides in Ontario. He claims to have gotten his start in the comics after winning an arts and entertainment newspaper’s comic contest in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He occasionally makes comics about made up animals, but now they are usually about himself (and squirrels).
During our chat, Ricky talked about how he got his start in comics in addition to some of his early influences. He spoke about his latest work The Motivationalist along with his future plans. Ricky also offered insight into the growing creative spirit in the St. John’s comic book community.
You can discover more about Ricky on Instagram at instagram.com/kickyring/
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
SyFy Wire published an article about new young adult and middle-grade graphic novels recently announced by DC at the Annual Library Association’s annual convention.. The list includes:
For Middle-Grade Readers:
– DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless – illustrated by Agnes Garbowska and written by Amy Wolfram for March 2020
– The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm
For Young Adults:
– I Am Not Starfire written by Mariko Tamaki
You can read more at SyFy.com
The Excelsior 2019 winners were announced in a ceremony held at Trent College in Nottingham, England. Initially intended as a graphic novel and manga award just for schools in Sheffield (to complement the long-running Sheffield Children’s Book Award), where kids aged 11-18 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it, while raising the profile of graphic novels and manga among school librarians and teachers. Today the Excelsior Award attracts over 200 schools from all over the UK and beyond.
For students age 11 and over – Supergirl Being Super written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Joelle Jones
For students age 16 and over – Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Max Fiumara
You can read more at ExcelsiorAward.co.uk
Comic-Con International: San Diego recently published the list of creators who’ll be attending the major event from July 18 to 21.
The list includes the following Canadian creators:
– Matt Banning – BB-22
– Agnes Garbowska – DD-01
You can read more at Comic-Con.org
Sequential Magazine reported that Toronto-based cartoonist, Megan Kearney, is donating the proceeds from the digital sales of her Beauty and the Beast books to RAICES — a Texas non-profit which helps separated families, detained families, unaccompanied minors and others seeking asylum in the United States. You can read more on SequentialPulp.ca
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