Weekend Update for June 21, 2020


To keep you up to date about the latest and greatest news gathered around the web, here’s some info about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

Variety reported that yet another comic book property from Jeff Lemire is crossing mediums. Canada’s Lark Productions has acquired the exclusive television rights to Image Comics’ sci-fi graphic novel series “Descender,” and its sequel “Ascender,” created  Jeff and artist Dustin Nguyen. In a statement about the news, Jeff said: “The world of ‘Descender’ and ‘Ascender just keeps growing…and Dustin [Nguyen] and I are very happy to be working with Lark to bring it to televisions screens as well. Their passion for the comics and devotion to telling the story the right way has us both very excited.” Producer Lark, which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, will develop and produce the series. No date was given as to when the series will be available for viewing.
You can read more at Variety.com

And here’s another story about making comic books into TV shows. CBR reported that Image Comics’ sword and sorcery series Skullkickers, written by Jim Zub  and illustrated by Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens is being developed by Copernicus Animation Studios. Skullkickers is described as a sarcastic send-up of sword & sorcery stories about a trio of mercenaries who kill monsters and cause mayhem in their quest for money, fame and adventure. First published by Image Comics in 2010, the series has built a loyal following over the past decade alongside surging interest in fantasy-based entertainment. Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Copernicus Animation Studio will turn the comic book story into an animated action-adventure series for adults.
You can read more at CBR.com

Skull Kickers

CBC Radio interviewed Mariko Tamaki about her writing duties on Wonder Woman. When asked about her view on the DC character, Mariko said: “My first encounter with Wonder Woman was Lynda Carter on television. It was back in those days when she would spin around and that golden glow would envelop her and then she would have her costume change. That was my Wonder Woman, for sure…My approach to [superhero] characters is usually to try to put them in situations that aren’t just ‘cape and boots’ situations. I’d like to put them in their apartments. I like to go the more humanizing route. There’s more layers to them.”
You can read more on CBC.ca/Radio


The Hollywood Reporter published an article indicating the DC Comics plans to issue a celebratory Detective Comics issue in September. Slated for sale on September 15, the 144-page Detective Comics #1027 anthology will mark the 1000 issue of the comic. Noted contributors will include writer Mariko Tamaki, artist Chip Zdarsky and illustrator Jamal Campbell among others. In a statement, Batman group editor Ben Abernathy said, “Detective No. 1027 has been a massive undertaking… A great combination of writers and artists are putting in their best work on the book and fans should pay close attention to these stories, since some of them will plant the seeds for both Batman’s future and that of the DC universe.”
You can read more at HollywoodReporter.com

Monkeys Fighting Robots recently interviewed Jeff Lemire about his new series Family Tree. When asked about the theme of his work being not to judge the otherworldly, Jeff said: “Seeing the beauty in horror and in unusual things is something I’ve always been drawn to. I also like subverting expectations when I can as a storyteller, so I think it comes from both those places. In the case of Family Tree, I was really drawn to the idea of a return to nature and that maybe, in some ways, we would be better off if that happened.”
You can read more at MonkeysFightingRobots.com
Family Tree 1

Bleeding Cool wrote about Kate Leth and her upcoming graphic novel Mall Goth. Targetted for release in the spring of 2022 from Simon & Shuster, Kate revealed in a Tweet: “YES this is why I’ve been so busy! YES this is both written and drawn by me! YES it will feature both striped armwarmers and an empathetic look at victims of grooming by predatory adults that will hopefully help young people identify red flags!!! YES IT WILL REFERENCE EVANESCENCE.”
You can read more at BleedingCool.com


Comics Beat interviewed Svetlana Chmakova about her new offering — The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods. When asked about the book, Svetlana said: “It’s a fun supernatural/urban fantasy adventure! It’s set on the misty coast of New England, land of storms, mosquitoes and irate mermaids who throw trash back at the tourists. The main characters are middle grade kids who are Weirns (a special kind of witch born with demon guardian spirits bound to them), and they have to go to their magic school every weeknight through a Creepy Silent Forest with a Secret.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com

INTERVIEW: Good kids make bad life choices in Svetlana Chmakova’s THE WEIRN BOOKS


And in case you missed it, here are some of the talented Canadian comic book creators who gave kindly gave their time for podcast interviews published this past week:

Paulus Linnaeus

Alex Louise Hill

Alexis Leriger de la Plante

Camilla d’Errico

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s the Hunter Brothers, from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan with “Just Wanted You To Know” dedicated to frontline workers and all those around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.




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