Creator insight by Andrew Thomas at MCX 2019

Here’s my chat with Andrew Thomas at Mississauga Comic Expo 2019. Podcast available on Apple Podcasts.

Andrew Thomas MCX 2019

Andrew is a comic creator, artist, and letterer with over seven years experience in the entertainment, publishing and commercial industries. Andrew has done work for Disney Comics, Archie Comics, Chapterhouse Publishing and is the co-creator of the award-winning series Auric of the Great White North

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During our chat, Andrew provided his input about considerations for getting into the comic book industry. He offered insight into his goals while offering suggestions on pitfalls to avoid for newcomers.

You can discover more about Andrew on Twitter at @mr_andrewthomas and @greatnorthcomic and online at


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

Barnes and Noble published their list of the best comics and graphic novels on sale in November. The list includes:
Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Just War by Cary Nord and G. Willow Wilson
Spider-Man: Life Story by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley
Punk Mambo by Adam Gorham and Collen Bunn
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Newsarama interviewed Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler about their new series Yondu. When asked how this version of the character differs from the cinematic version, Lonnie said: “…it doesn’t feel like we’re just porting him from one medium to another. This was extremely important to us from the very inception of the project – to build out the new version of Yondu that he feels just as rich and multifaceted as any other character who has a titular series.” Zac concurred: “In many ways, the original Yondu is the heart of this series. He shares a namesake with the titular grimy pirate fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have come to love, but he’s a very different character with an incredibly complex view of the universe.”
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Rock Sound reported that Lights has begun work on volume two of her Skin & Earth series as follow-up to the 2017 release. Earlier this year, it was announced that Skin & Earth was picked up for the TV series. When asked about her comic book, Lights said: “I wanted to write this dorky, insecure girl who’s trying to find her strength, her confidence, and what she’s meant to do. But then I actually ended up writing myself into all the main characters: En, Tsu and Priest. I took reference photos of myself as all of them too, when Beau wasn’t around!”
You can read more at RockSound.TV

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The Goodreads Choice Awards nominees for 2019 were recently announced. The opening round nominees include:
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Pumpkinheads by Faith Erin Hicks and Rainbow Rowell
The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault
Winners will be announced December 10.
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Polygon published an article about the best comics of decade. The list includes:
Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton
Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Ms. Marvel by Adrian Alphona and G. Willow Wilson
Bitch Planet by Valentine De Landro and Kelly Sue DeConnick
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My Timmins Now interviewed co-creator Davis Dewsbury about Auric of the Great White North comic book expanding to the realm of game cards. When asked about this new venture, Davis said: “You’re going to have all these different playing cards with heroes and villains and beasts and monsters… And from what I understand, multiple players can play these games and pit themselves against each other in battle and we’re expecting to have it out in the spring of 2020.”
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