Comic book creator Megan Kearney advises against large conventions when starting out

Here’s my chat with Megan Kearney. Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.

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Megan is a sequential artist and writer. In addition to her award-winning adaptation of Beauty and The Beast, Megan is a regular contributor to the Disney Princess series. Megan wrote Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire for Comixology. She also manages the Toronto-based Comic Book Embassy, an energetic co-work studio that is home to some of the city’s top indie talent.

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During our chat, Megan spoke about options for new comers to the comic book industry including the Internet, ‘zines, anthologies and local library publications. She suggested that small shows such as those at libraries might return a better profit than larger conventions. Megan also discussed the new location of Comic Book Embassy.

You can discover more about Megan at and follow her on Twitter at @SpookyMeggie


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


GoombaStomp recently interviewed comics editor Allison O’Toole about her current project Wayward Kindred. The new anthology from TO Comix Press was just funded through Kickstarter. When asked about her affinity to monster-type stories, Allison said: “I’m interested in monsters’ versatility as metaphor. They can stand in for any taboo you can think of, for any kind of outcast figure, for any kind of cultural anxiety—there are so many rich opportunities for storytelling! Werewolves are my favourite, I just think they’re very cool. For more specific monster stories, I love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, an early example of a sympathetic monster. I enjoy scary monsters, but I love a sad monster the most—that’s probably part of why I love werewolves, too.”
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CBC Books published their list of the 20 best Canadian comics of 2019. The list includes:
Clyde Fans by Seth
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault
When I Arrived At The Castle by Emily Carroll
The Blue Road by Wayde Compton, illustrated by April dela Noche Milne
Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge
This Woman’s Work by Julie Delporte
If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie with Nahanni Shingoose, art by Nshannacappo
Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt
Frogcatchers by Jeff Lemire
Creation by Sylvia Nickerson
Dakwäkãda Warriors by Cole Pauls
Try Not to Get Too Attached by Robin Richardson
Death Threat by Vivek Shraya and Ness lee
Pass Me By by Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Plummet by Sherwin Tjia
Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong
Carpe Fin by Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas
This Place: 150 Years Retold
This is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics
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And if that wasn’t enough Comics Beat publisher their article listing their ‘100 Best Comics of the Decade’. Here’s some notable entries from Canadians:
Big Kids by Michael DeForge
Bitch Planet by Valentine De Landro and Kelly Sue Deconnick
Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
Clyde Fans by Seth
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mike Feehan and Mark Russell
Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki
Hark A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Lumberjanes by Faith Erin Hicks and many others
Ms. Marvel by Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, Jim Zub and many others
Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Sex Criminals by Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction
This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Through The Woods by Emily Carroll
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Young Frances by Hartley Lin
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Bleeding Cool reported on a new book written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes called In The Flood. To be published by ComiXology, the graphic novel tells the story of a couple trying to keep their marriage together while separated by a mysterious flood. According to Ray: “In the Flood is a labor of love ­– a project that I was determined to do and I hope readers enjoy the set-up, the mystery, and the payoff. This is a unique and nonlinear book, full of metaphor and symbolism, grounded by a very human, very emotional tale of love and loss.”
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