‘Group of 7’ creators offer advice for up-and-coming comic book artists and writers

Here’s my chat with Jason Lapidus and Chris Sanagan. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.

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Jason is the illustrator and Chris is the writer for their current work Group of 7. The ongoing series is set in the The First World War in which Canadian physician John McCrae leads a secret mission underneath the Ridge against a mysterious enemy with monstrous intentions.

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During our chat, Jason and Chris talked about starting stories in small narratives and building to something bigger. Chris offered his insight about writing in chunks and being considerate of expectations with the collaborating artist.

You can discover more about Jason on Twitter at @jasonlapidus and Chris is on Twitter @ChrisSanagan

You can discover more about Group of 7 the series at groupof7comic.ca



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


SyFy Wire wrote about a new series from Eisner Award-nominated artist Tyler Jenkins and Eisner-Award nominated writer W. Maxwell Prince. In an official statement about the series, Tyler said: “You ever have one of those days where you stand in the morning, vaguely connected to the events that have, moments ago, ceased being the present, and watch the sun rise, then spend that day adrift without the anchor of sleep? That’s King Of Nowhere—a stop motion story; one day to the next, one pose to the next. Each pose, each day, hopefully driving forward the life of your story, or the story of your life.”
The five issue fantasy series King of Nowhere from Boom! Studios is slated to debut in March of 2020.
You can read more at SyFy.com



Comic Years published an article about the best indie comics of the decade. The list includes:
Sex Criminals by Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction
Bitch Planet by Valentine De Landro and Kelly Sue DeConnick
Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
You can read more at ComicYears.com


IGN has listed their nominees for best of 2019 for comic books and more. Notables on the lists include:
– For Best Original Graphics Novel – Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
– For Best Comic Book Series – Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto
– For Best Comic Book Artist or Art Team – Jamal Campbell for Naomi: Season One and Far Sector
– For Best Limited Comic Book Or Mini-Series – Spider-Man: Life Story by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley
You can read more at IGN.com


Comicbook Daily wrote about Springtime of Quebec Comics, Jacques Hurtubise and the Emergence of Croc. In his article, Brian Campbell reflects on the period between 1968 and 1975. For those interested in discovering more on the topic, he recommended  Collections Canada which has a very thorough write-up about the history of Quebec comics available online. The article also covered Pierre Fournier’s 1973 one-shot Les Aventures du Capitaine Kébec along with the trials and tribulations of the independent comic book scene in the 1970s and 1980s.
You can read more at ComicBookDaily.com



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