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.
This has been a brutal year for comic book creators with the cancellation of many major events that we’ve come to expect. One such event, Free Comic Book Day, the comic book industry’s largest annual promotional event and traditionally scheduled to take place the first Saturday in May each year, was cancelled, but has now become Free Comic Book Summer. Free Comic Book Summer will feature 45 of the previously announced titles from publishers like Marvel Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, DC, and more. Noteable books include:
– My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic – Brenda Hickey (cover artist)
– Captain Canuck & Captain Battle #1 – Keith Morris (writer), Adrien Benson (writer), Andrew Thomas (cover artist), Donovan Yaciuk (cover artist)
– The Weirn Books #1 – Svetlana Chmakova (artist and writer)
You can read more at FreeComicBookDay.com
Publishers Weekly announced a variety of new books by Canadians planned for release this fall including:
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Ryan North, Albert Monteys, and Kurt Vonnegut. The article reads: “Adapting Vonnegut for his first-ever graphic novel may seem like hubris, but in the hands of North, creator of a popular choose-your-own-adventure of Hamlet, the metafictional experiment is well worth seeing.”
- Archie & Katy Keene by Mariko Tamaki, Kevin Panetta, and Laura Braga. According to the article: “Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me) jumps into Riverdale with Panetta (Steven Universe) and Italian cartoonist Braga for this installment of the teen drama centered on a new girl in town, who is stealing attention away from Archie.”
- King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince, Hilary Jenkins, and Tyler Jenkins. The article says: “Denis wakes up in Nowhere, a small town populated by misfits, unsure how he arrived (or if he’s on a bad trip) only to find that as his memories return, so does trouble, in a surreal tale by Prince (the Ice Cream Man series).”
- Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope (trade paperback) by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram. The article cites: “Little Bird is a young warrior in a dystopian future battling the insidious American Empire in this epic-scope comic series from filmmaker Van Poelgeest and artist Bertram that combines elements of horror, adventure, and SF/fantasy.”
You can read more at PublishersWeekly.com
Comics Beat interviewed Lovern Kindzierksi about his new book Necromantic from Renegade Arts. With art by Dave Ross and Geof Isherwood, the supernatural love story graphic novel is edited by Alexander Finbow. When asked about what inspired him to write this story, Lovern said: “I wasn’t attracted to a story about a necromancer, but the story of someone who discovered that necromancy was a prime mover in deaths by the carload throughout history was very attractive. Then I started thinking about my main character. Series like Buffy and Supernatural went through my head, along with James Bond but it still wasn’t quite there. That is when I thought of the main character from the series Medium and it all clicked. A female medium trained to work with Special Forces as a secret agent would be perfect!”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com
Comic Book Movie recently interviewed Kaare Andrews about his directing efforts with ‘Sniper: Assassin’s End’ — a new Sony movie featuring Chad Michael Collins, Sayaka Akimoto, and Tom Berenger. During the chat, Kaare was also asked if his expertise in comic book illustration has impacted his film efforts. He said: “I’m sure it has. I can’t identify what they are, but I always get asked that. I regularly see comments that I have a very film-ic approach to storytelling in comic books, and I still hear in my directing work that people see the comic book aesthetic in the film making. So I’m sure it’s there, but I try not to think about it too much because I don’t want to over-analyze what I do, but it’s a very copacetic art form. I tell people that it’s like when you’re a firefighter and a policeman, they aren’t the same jobs, but there’s a lot of overlap.”
You can read more at ComicBookMovie.com
Bleeding Cool reported on a forthcoming crossover between the hit series ‘Stranger Things’ from Netflix and Dungeons & Dragons. Written by Jim Zub and Jodie Houser, the four issue series will also feature art by Michele Assarasakorn (MSASSYK), Diego Galindo and Nate Piekos. The Dark Horse Series is slated for later this year.
You can read more at BleedingCool.com
Comics Beat reported that Chip Zdarsky and Ramón Pérez are teaming up for a new project called Stillwater from Image and Stillwater Entertainment. The ongoing series starts with issue #1 on September 16. In a prepared statement, Chip said: “I’m thrilled people are finally going to see Stillwater! This idea’s been percolating in my mined for years now, and it’s been fun working with Ramon to build this tiny, strange world! I’ve always wanted to write a horror comic so I can show the world that I’m not JUST creepy, I can also write creepy!”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com
For those interested in new tools, Apple held their World Wide Developer Conference this past week and introduced new updates to iPadOS and Apple Pencil. Shape recognition allows users to draw shapes that are made geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding useful diagrams and illustrations in Notes. Implementation of these new features will be dependant on the application developer.
You can read more at Apple.com
And in case you missed it, here are some of the talented Canadian comic book creators who kindly gave their time for podcast interviews published this past week:
Doug Savage spoke about his ongoing Savage Chickens strip:
Dino Pai talked about his upcoming project Noa’s Ark:
Emma Milligen revealed details about How to Life:
Hannah Myers discussed her work on the anthology The Witching Hours:
To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s Toronto-based Scott Helman with his heart-felt motivational song “Wait No More’.
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