Scott Chantler talks about the creative process behind his jazz opus graphic novel ‘Bix’

Here’s my chat with Scott Chantler. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

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Scott is a cartoonist, commercial artist and graphic novel creator. He’s the winner of a Joe Shuster Award in the Comics for Kids category for the first book in the Three Thieves series, Tower of Treasure. Among other honours, he was nominated for two Eisner Awards for Two Generals, a graphic memoir of World War II based on his grandfather’s experiences. In 2015 he was appointed Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor.


During our chat, Scott spoke about the research and creative process behind his new opus Bix. He discussed the research process including locations, biographies and online clubs. Scott also offered insight about managing multiple projects including covers for Bettie Page.

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You can discover more about Scott on Twitter @scottchantler and online at

And as Scott mentioned, you can download the completed Red Ensign story for free from his website.


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

Collingwood Today interviewed comedian and part-time artist Daniel Shaw about his efforts to keep spirits up during isolation by designing comic book covers. When asked for the reason behind the effort, Daniel said: “I’ve always been a fan of comics and this was a bit for me to get some humour out but it was for others, too. The feedback has been really good and people are loving them.”
Daniel’s work can be seen on his Instagram page @isolatedcomic.
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SyFy Wire wrote about Emily Carroll by providing a retrospective of her literary career with a special focus on the award-winning When I Arrived At The Castle and Speak. To quote the article: “Countless creators have worked to bring us epic works of horror fiction over the decades, but in that canon, Carroll’s work still stands out as being scary, upsetting, haunting, and, most of all, incredibly self-reflective.”
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Comic Years provided an insightful analysis of how Scott Pilgrim comics by Bryan Lee O’Malley had a profound impact on the world. While most people know that title from the motion picture, fewer have already read the graphic novels. The article states: “You don’t have to love superhero comics to like Scott Pilgrim. You also don’t need to love Japanese manga. This graphic novel has been said to be a fusion of both the typical American comic book style and the Japanese style. O’Malley states that his interest in the exploration of genres was a big contributor to how Scott Pilgrim became what it is today. It defies typical expectations of a graphic novel while still working as one.”
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