Mike Rooth says now is the time for new comic book writers and artists to be creative

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

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Mike is a freelance artist working professionally since the late 1990s. He’s illustrated comics and covers and pinups for titles such as Captain Canuck for Chapterhouse, Kick-Ass for Image Comics, Animosity, Pestilence, BabyTeeth, Backways from Aftershock Comics, Red Sonja /Conan for Dynamite/Dark Horse and numerous other small press and independent comic publishers.

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During our chat, Mike spoke about his work on the cover for TMNT: Jennika and Archie Comics’ Super Duck plus his work for The Cimmerian Red Nails for Ablaze Publishing. He also offered an update about the Dodge series and what’s in the cards for that title. Mike offered his insight about the use of technology in his artwork creation including the use of iPad Pro. Mike also provided his advice for would-be comic book artists.

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You can discover more about on Twitter at @uncouthRooth and online at mikerooth.bigcartel.com/


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

ComicBook.com reported that Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth has been ordered to series on Netflix. Spearheaded by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, the series was originally planned as a pilot for Hulu. When asked about the translation from comic book to another medium (originally film) back in 2013 for CBR.com, Jeff said: “It’s a tricky question, and I’ll try to answer it in a way that won’t get me in trouble with DC, but when you do a book for Vertigo, the contracts get kind of complicated. Warner Bros. controls the properties more than a book that I might have done for, let’s say, Top Shelf. So in terms of being optioned, it’s a lot harder for that to happen because of Vertigo’s contracts than I would like, maybe. There’s a lot of interest, but it’s very complicated so it hasn’t been optioned yet.”
You can read more at ComicBook.com

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CBC Books published a list of 40 great books to read this spring. Among the many on the list includes:
Constantly by GG from Koyama Press
Talking to Strangers by Marianne Boucher from Doubleday Canada
Familiar Face by Micheal DeForge from Drawn & Quarterly
Northwest Resistance: A Girl Called Echo by Katherena Vermette from Highwater Press
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books


The Comics Beat wrote an article about The Ringo Awards that’s currently accepting 2020 nominations. The fourth annual awards, named after Mike Wieringo, will be handed out for the following categories:
– Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
– Best Writer
– Best Artist or Penciller
– Best Inker
– Best Letterer
– Best Colorist
– Best Cover Artist
– Best Series
– Best Single Issue or Story
– Best Original Graphic Novel
– Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
– Best Anthology
– Best Humor Comic
– Best Comic Strip or Panel
– Best Webcomic
– Best Non-fiction Comic Work
– Best Presentation in Design
Awards will be presented Saturday, October 24, 2020
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com



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