Jim Zub talks about ‘Alpha Flight: True North’ and what makes a comic book Canadian

Here’s my chat with Jim Zub. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.

Jim Zub - Sep 2019
Jim is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto. He’s worked for many publishing, movie and video game companies including Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. When he’s not busy as a freelance comic writer, Jim is a Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program. His many projects have included Avengers: No Road Home, Champions, Dungeons & Dragons, and a whole lot more.

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During our chat, Jim talked about his most recent work on Alpha Flight: True North and the collaborations with fellow Canadian creators. He spoke about the process for putting together a comic book like Alpha Flight. Jim also offered his take on what makes a comic book truly Canadian.

You can discover more about Jim on Twitter at @JimZub ‏and online at jimzub.com


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


Comics Beat interviewed Alana Traficante, co-curator of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario about a current exhibit entitled This Is Serious – a show that gathers 650 pages of comics by 47 Canadian indie comic book creators. When asked how the exhibit came to be, Alana said: “I’m with the curatorial team at the gallery, so they asked me to just start doing some research into that. From that research we identified that quite obviously it’s not just a local practice, so there was an opportunity to do a real national survey about Canadian indie comics because it hadn’t been done before so we decided that the project should be national in scope.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com



Entertainment Weekly published a list of five comics to read in September. On the list is Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh. The description reads: “Harley Quinn is everywhere these days, but you’ve never seen her like this. The latest instalment in the DC Ink line portrays an alternate world where the world-famous femme fatale is just a student at Gotham High, raised by drag queens and excited about everything.”
You can read more at EW.com

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Quill & Quire reported that The Canadian Children’s Book Centre announced the finalists in eight award categories that celebrate the best in Canadian children’s literature. Jillian Tamaki made the list for They Say Blue which was nominated for the TD Canadian Children’s Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. The winners of the English language awards will be held in Toronto at the October 15th gala.
You can read more at QuillandQuire.com



ComicBook.com reported that Marvel Entertainment revealed their panel schedules for the 2019 New York Comic-Con. One of the many panels includes Saturday October 5th – Marvel Comics: X-Men – Dawn of X on the main stage with Ed Brisson and others. The discussion will be about the revolutionary new status quo for the X-Men plus exciting new announcements for the Children of the Atom.
You can read more at ComicBook.com



ComicsBeat shared an exclusive preview of Cecil Castellucci’s graphic memoir Girl On Film. Slated for store shelves on November 13, the book brings Cecil’s memories to the page and comments on how time and perspective can colour our memories. The article claims the book  “examines Castellucci’s journey through various points of her life, including her days as an aspiring theater kid, her time as a teenage artiste running wild in New York in the 1980s, her time as an indie musician on the Montreal punk scene, and finally her work in prose novels and comics.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com

Girl on Film



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