Claudio Ghirardo recommends new comic book creators welcome all attendees to convention tables

Here’s my chat with with Claudio Ghirardo.  The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.

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Claudio is a contemporary figurative painter and illustrator with a variety of independent works in his portfolio including And They Call Us Monsters along with the Harvey Award nominee Hard Rock Edition.

And They Call Us Monsters

During our chat, Claudio spoke about starting small projects first rather than a major opus. He recommended newcomers to to the comic book industry welcome all visitors to their tables at shows to garner interest and foster awareness.

You can discover more about Claudio on Twitter at @ CGhirardo and online at


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


Animation Magazine reported that the Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival has been announced. Scheduled to take place April 4 to 5 at Metropolitan West in New York City, the event has selected Jillian Tamaki as one of the guests. The article explains that ‘this group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning.” All Guests of Honor will participate in festival programming and will be joined by an array of Featured and International Guests and exhibiting artists.
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CBC News wrote about the 20 books to put under the Christmas tree this holiday season. The list includes This Place: 150 Years Retold and Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
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The Calgary Herald published a report about an exhibit that features Marvel Super Heroes plus a look at Canada’s comic book history. The exhibit running now until mid-February at the TELUS Science Centre in Edmonton, Alberta features the Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes including costumes and artifacts from the Marvel film universe plus the Marvel comic books that started it all. But for those wanting more Canadian content, the exhibit “explores the emergence of the Canadian comic book industry during the 1940s, when the Canadian government passed the War Exchange Conservation Act, which restricted the import of ‘non-essential’ commercial goods, which included U.S. comic books.” Attendees can discover the Iron Man hero from Vancouver’s Maple Leaf published Better Comics plus a whole lot more.
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The Comic Book Herald wrote up their list of the Best Comics of 2019. The list includes:
Black Hammer 2019 (including The Quantum Age, Age of Doom and Black Hammer ’45) by Jeff Lemire and others
Naomi by Jamal Campbell and Brian Michael Bendis
Sentient by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta
Black Badge by Tyler Jenkins and Matt Kindt
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