Julian Peters discusses how poetry and illustration combine in ‘Poems to See By’

Here’s my chat with Julian Peters. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts.

Julian Peters - March 2020

Julian is a comic book artist and illustrator living in Montreal. In recent years, he has focused primarily on the adaptation of classic poems into comics. With a master’s degree in Art History, and a thesis focusing on two early graphic novels: Dino Buzzati’s “Poema a fumetti” (“Poem Strip”) and the “The Projector” by Martin Vaughn-James.

Julian’s current book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry, will be released on March 31 by Plough Publishing, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Poems-See-Artist-Interprets-Poetry/dp/087486318X

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During our chat, Julian discussed the connection between poetry and illustration. He explained how he approaches his illustration education classes. Julian also talked about his future projects including a potential followup to Poems to See By.

You can discover more about Julian on Twitter at @jpeterscomics and online at https://julianpeterscomics.com/


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

Checkersaga interviewed Jim Zub about his new book Wizards & Spells, the latest entry in the Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Information series. Co-written by Stacy King and Andrew Wheeler, Wizards & Spells focuses on spellcasting courses and magic spells. When asked about what’s next in the series, Jim said: “Our unique plan was for less than 4 books in the collection, however the response has been so robust that Wizards of the Coast and Ten Velocity Press requested if we might like to do extra and we leapt at the probability. Ebook 5 is named Beasts & Behemoths and it profiles extra iconic and unknown creatures from the depths of the D&D canon that we did not get to in Monsters & Creatures, however this time organizing them in phrases of measurement, from Tiny all the means up to Gargantuan.”
You can read more at Checkersaga.com

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Comic Watch spoke with Johnnie Christmas about his current Tartarus series. When asked about the influence of Greek mythology on the story, Johnnie said: “I’ve loved Greek mythology ever since I can remember. I was on a Greek Mythology Bowl in middle school and we’d compete against other schools on points of Greek mythology. So I’ve always loved the storytelling. I loved how rich and expansive it was. I always loved how the good guys weren’t always so good. Like, you were told a story about Zeus and he was at least through the telling of it you’re thinking “oh this is the good guy” sort of, but he would do these atrocious things. So it was always intriguing to me as a kid, like, why are we spending time with this monster?”
You can read more at ComicWatch.com

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The Hollywood Reporter announced that Willow from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ will be getting her own comic book written by Mariko Tamaki. Art for the five issue series arriving in June from Boom! Studios will be provided by Natacha Bustos. When asked about the project, Mariko said: “As a nerdy queer, I cannot think of a better job than writing a Willow adventure,” adding that she was “thrilled to be a part of the Buffy world.”
You can read more at TheHollywoodReporter.com


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