Allison O’Toole discusses the ‘Wayward Kindred’ Kickstarter project plus the art of editing comic books

Here’s my chat with Allison O’Toole about Wayward Kindred. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.


Allison is a freelance comic editor, Internet writer, and lover of monsters and dogs. Allison was the editor of Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women, Toronto Comics Anthology Volume 3, Called Into Being and more. She’s currently editing the Afterlift series for Comixology.

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During our chat, Allison talked about her new project Wayward Kindred including the theme of this year’s offering and the various Kickstarter components. She also explained the role of the editor and offered guidance to others planning to get into that job.

You can discover more about Allison on Twitter @AllisonMOToole and online at

You can support the Kickstarter project at


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

Comics Beat recently interviewed both Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo about their new series Afterlift for Comixology. As I mentioned in the intro, Allison O’Toole, the interview guest for this particular podcast, is the editor for this series. When asked what drew them to this project, Chip said: “The big draw for me was getting the chance to work with Jason, who is a fantastic comic creator on his book Pitiful Human Lizard! Back in the day he was an intern in my old studio, so to see him grow has been really amazing.” And Jason’s response was: “Getting to work with Chip on a comic series is like a dream I never thought would actually happen. I would have said ‘yes’ to any idea he had because I trust his judgment in telling great stories with heart.”
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Geeks Worldwide spoke with Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler about their new series Undone By Blood Or Shades of a Wanted Man. When asked about the inspiration for this project, Zac said: “…we both adore the fiction of Cormac McCarthy and wanted to do a book about the mythologization of violence in America. The Western has always been a genre that flirts with explosive bursts of horrible violence and we wanted to explore the very real cost of that violence and how it often creates a cycle. So we looked to one of the most brutal storytellers out there. This book will cut your heart out and eat it by the end.” When asked about the dual narrative for the series, Lonnie said: “We thought it might be interesting to couple this dual narrative idea with our desire to explore and demythologize the Western. The result are two very different stories within one book that impact each other in unpredictable ways that examine the lasting legacy, both good and bad, of the Western genre on contemporary American culture.”
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Entertainment Weekly published an article about the best comics of the decade. The list includes:
Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
–  Ms. Marvel by Adrian Alphona, G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker
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Continuing with the ‘bests’ theme, The Washington Post wrote about the best graphic novels, memoirs and story collections of 2019. The list includes:
Clyde Fans by Seth
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
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SyFy Wire interviewed Jim Zub about his new book Dungeons & Tombs, co-written by Andrew Wheeler and Stacy King, from Ten Speed Press. Written for the legions of Dungeons & Dragons fans, Jim explained the premise: “Each of the iconic dungeons we chose for Dungeons & Tombs is an entire adventure sourcebook all on its own, so figuring out what to focus on was much more difficult than summarizing creature profiles, character classes, or equipment…There are six famous dungeons we profile in the guide along with tips on creating brand new dungeons and drawing dungeon map.”
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