Kelly Bastow promotes ‘Manfried Saves The Day’ and her upcoming art exhibit

Here’s my chat with Kelly Bastow. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and player.FM

Kelly Bastow

Kelly is is a traditional illustrator based in Toronto. Kelly illustrated the Quirk Books titles The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy and Manfried The Man. I spoke with Kelly last year about that book and the success of the title.

During our chat, Kelly talked about Manfried Saves the Day and her current promotional tour for the book. We chatted about her collaborative process with writer Caitlin Major on this follow up to the successful Manfried The Man. Kelly also spoke about her upcoming art exhibit.


You can discover more about Kelly on Twitter at @moosekleenex and online at

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

Paste Magazine published their list of best comic covers for June. The list includes:
Black Badge #11 by Tyler Jenkins
Fantastic Four #11 variant cover by Nick Bradshaw
The Six Million Dollar Man #4 variant cover by Michael Walsh
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Black Badge 1   ff11   The Six Million Dollar Man 4


CBC Books published a summer reading list of 33 books to check out this season. The list includes:
When I Arrived At The Castle by Emily Carroll
Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
This Place: 150 Years Retold
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Bedside Press publisher Hope Nicholson announced a call for submissions for Gothic Tales of Haunted Love Volume 2: The Beloved Hereafter. As a follow up to the critically acclaimed first volume, this new anthology is seeking creators to submit “pitches for short comics on the theme of ‘Gothic Futures’, tales which can be at turns romantic, violent, chilling, or sensual but in a setting that goes beyond the Victorian age, and beyond even our modern day. Think Black Mirror meets Crimson Peak.”
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Gothic Tales vol 2


CBC Arts wrote about a new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Hamilton that promotes comic books as art. Entitled ’THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics’ the exhibit presents a survey of contemporary Canadian artists in the genre of cartooning and indie comics. Co-curator and graphic novelist Joe Ollman was quoted as saying: “Comics are being taken more seriously in the literary world, with reviews and profiles of creators in important journals; for example, Nick Drnaso’s book Sabrina was recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, which really created quite a stir. We wanted to bring that same profile to Canadian cartoonists by presenting their work in the context of a major Canadian art museum.”
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