Here’s my chat with Casey Parsons. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.
Casey is an artist from Stoney Creek, Ontario. He has recently appeared in Toronto Comics Anthology and is featured in the new indie anthology magazine Cauldron. He has worked on pinups and variant covers for indie titles. Trained as a fine artist and graduating in art programs from Sheridan College and McMaster University, he has been illustrating and freelancing for indie comics for the past few years.
During our chat, Casey talked about his upcoming work in Cauldron magazine. Additionally he spoke about his recent training sessions with the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz and what he envisions in the future for his artistic style.
You can discover more about Casey on Twitter at @caseyarts77 and on Instagram at instagram.com/caseyarts77
And for more information about the Kickstarter for Cauldron Magazine Fall 2019, please look for Cauldron Magazine Fall 2019 on Kickstarter.com
Here’s some of the current news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.
Tri-City Super Con 2 is coming to the Kitchener-Waterloo region on September 28 and 29. Richard Comely (creator of Captain Canuck) and his wife Evelyn are pleased to announce Tri-City Super Con 2, coming to Bingemans Conference Centre. In addition to hosting some of Canada’s most exciting young actors are headlining Super Con’s celebrity guest list, the event will also feature comic book legend Ken Lashley along with a number of other top talent guest artists including Richard Comely, Leonard Kirk, Sam Noir, Ron Kasman, David Ross, Casey Parsons, Alphonso Espinos and many more.
You can read more at TriCitySuperCon.com
Red Deer Advocate interviewed creator Dug Dixon about the third issue of his series The Nefarious Symths that’s based in Red Deer, Alberta. When asked about the series, Dug said: “ I wanted to make something about Red Deer. Nothing is ever about where I’m from. It’s always about New York or California…I was just going to make one to have it and check it off the bucket list. …But then when I made one, a lot of people liked it, so I thought I should make another one, which is cool, because I want to keep going.”
You can read more at RedDeerAdvocate.com
The Joe Shuster Awards were recently handed out. Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s national award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. Here are the winners
Outstanding Writer – Chip Zdarsky for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-man and Marvel 2-In-One
Outstanding Artist – Karl Kerschl for ISOLA
Outstanding Cartoonist – Emily Carroll for Beneath The Dead Oak Tree
The Dragon Award for Best Comics for Younger Readers – AVENTUROSAURE T.1 by Julien Pare-Sorel
Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing – Christie Pits by Jamie Michaels and Doug Fedrau
Gene Day Award for Anthology Collection – Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women edited by Allison O’Toole
TM Maple Award (for achievements outside of the creative) – Jennifer Haines
Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer – Variant Edition Comics of Edmonton, Alberta
Harry Kremer Award (Special Bonus) – The Dragon of Guelph, Ontario
Hall of Fame Inductees: Al Hewetson, Dale Keown and Ken Lashley
You can read more at JoeShusterAwards.com
CBC News wrote about a new comic book from Winnipeg writer and illustrator Kaj Hasselriis that offers true childhood stories from the lives of Canada’s four main political party leaders. When asked about his book Politikids, Kaj said: “I wanted to make Politikids for all the kids out there who, over the next six weeks, will be watching the news and listening to CBC Radio news, and they will be asking their parents and their teachers, ‘Who are these people and what’s their deal?'”You can read more at CBC.ca/News
Small Press Expo announced the winners of the Ignatz Awards. The Ignatz Award, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is the festival prize of the Small Press Expo, that since 1997 has recognized outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. Two awards for Outstanding Story and Outstanding Graphic Novel went to Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me.
You can read more at SPX Comics Twitter feed:
TV Overmind reported on the news series Field Tripping available from Comixology. According to the article: “These are worlds that are filled with terror, anxiety, and possibilities. Ryan Ferrier expertly supplies the letters with Jose Garcia rendering the art.” And continues: “James Asmus and Jim Festante were joined by Jose Garcia as writers of the new animated television series. It’s not just about field trips, the series is actually much more. It’s about a mysterious school bus that a flighty teacher uses to take her students on field trips, but these are no ordinary adventures.”
You can read more at TVOvermind.com
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