Weekend Update for Sunday, July 19, 2020

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Here’s the latest news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters that’s been published this past week.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Ashley Victoria Robinson will join with writer Jason Inman, artist Ben Matsuya and colorist Elizabeth Kramer for Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio. When describing the main character Jacky, Ashley said: “She’s overcome a lot of adversity and so have our readers. Volume two of Jupiter Jet’s story is about bravery, community and family. It’s been my honor to co-write this brilliant young woman and I hope she jumps off the page and into people’s hearts!”
You can read more at TheHollywoodReporter.com
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/jupiter-jet-forgotten-radio-set-fall-2020-release-1303010
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CBR reported that starting September 9, Marvel Comics will revamp Ultraman’s origin for the modern-day with a five-issue mini-series. Michael Cho will join with writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom along with other artists Francesco Manna  and Gurihiru to reimagine the thrilling beginnings of the Ultraman phenomenon. 
You can read more at CBR.com
https://www.cbr.com/marvel-rise-of-ultraman-first-look/
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Screen Rant wrote that Kate Leth and Joe Quinones were planning to introduce a new Batman series in the style of Batman ’66 but as a follow up to the Michael Keaton Batman movies. According to the write up, “the miniseries would have presented readers with the return of Catwoman (she was saving a life for next Christmas, after all) and even would have featured a fresh take on Two-Face, with Billy Dee Williams’ Harvey Dent finally taking up the moniker.” According to Joe, “We had a lot of fun ideas for the series overall,”, but for reasons unexplained, the project was inexplicably shot down when he and Kate pitched it to DC.
You can read more at ScreenRant.com
https://screenrant.com/tim-burtons-unseen-batman-sequel/
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Arriving July 21st from comiXology Originals, Crema, from writer Johnnie Christmas and Prism-Award nominee Dante Luiz, featuring lettering by Ryan Ferrier, is the story of a haunted romance that explores the world of coffee and is told in three potent chapters — The Last Roast, The Grind, and Brew — all of which simmer with magical realism and passion. According to Johnnie: “I wrote most of it in coffee shops around Vancouver, pounding copious amounts of caffeine and listening to hours of cafe talk…Dante’s art is beautiful. We were going for magical realism and fabulism in the modern context, utilizing color shifts in places to further heighten romance and ghostly terror.”
For more updates on comiXology Originals, check out http://comixologyoriginals.com.

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The Journal Pioneer interviewed Charlottetown, PEI artist Brad Seymour who created his own comic book, Glory Bound, featuring the main character Jett Squires, who has to prove himself against the best wrestlers in the world. When asked how he felt about the publication, Brad said: “I never expected my first big foray into comic books to be my own book…I always figured I would be drawing something for somebody else. It’s pretty awesome to be able to say I have my own comic book out. It’s a big kick for sure.”
Copies can also be ordered online at sandstonecomics.com.
You can read more at JournalPioneer.com
https://www.journalpioneer.com/lifestyles/local-lifestyles/charlottetown-artist-brad-seymour-realizes-his-dream-of-drawing-own-comic-book-glory-bound-472602/
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CBC News interviewed Newfoundland artist Mike Feehan about his career in illustration. When asked about his career, Mike said: “Somewhere in me I was made to do this…Every time I do something, I’m trying to level up, I’m trying to get better.” He added: “I think anyone can be good at drawing. It’s just that you need to have the passion to want to do it all the time to get better. “
You can read more at CBC.ca/News
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/drawn-to-it-feehan-1.5498843
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Deadline reported that Apple Studios has acquired Snow Blind,the thriller adaptation of the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Tyler Jenkins and Ollie Masters. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star. The graphic novel tells the story of a high school teen, Teddy, whose life is turned topsy turvy upon posting a picture of his dad online. He learns that his entire family is on a Witness Protection Program from a man who lands up in town seeking revenge, closely followed by FBI agents. 
You can read more at Deadline.com
https://deadline.com/2020/07/jake-gyllenhaal-snow-blind-apple-studios-gustav-moller-directs-graphic-novel-adaptation-1202982809/
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Worldscreen wrote that  CBC & Radio-Canada acquired the animation series Super Agent Jon Le Bon!, ​based on the popular comic book series, produced by Happy Camper Media, which will hit screens in January 2021 in Canada. Additionally, production of the adaptation of the best-selling Canadian comic book by Quebecois author Bryan Perro, Amos Daragon,is underway. The animated series is being produced by Iceworks Animation inc. for Radio-Canada. The series is slated to premiere during the 2020-2021 television season.
You can read more at Worldscreen.com
https://worldscreen.com/tvkids/cbc-radio-canada-distribution-strikes-global-deals-for-kids-slate/

Yukon News announced that Kim Edgar began Jenni House Artist Residency to focus on researching tropes about disability and illness in literature in order to avoid or subvert them in an upcoming work. When asked about the research, Kim said: “I’ve been doing comics quite a lot and so my more recent comics have been about … me having an undiagnosed illness or an illness that’s not yet diagnosed or unexplained symptoms.”
You can read more at Yukon-News.com
https://www.yukon-news.com/news/graphic-novelist-using-jenni-house-residency-to-research-tropes-about-disability-illness/

The Hollywood Reporter relayed the news that on September 29 DC Comics will publish a comic book prologue to the forthcoming ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ movie. The book will contain an additional story by Marguerite Sauvage and Steve Pugh where a villain attempts to steal Diana’s lasso for nefarious ends.
You can read more at TheHollywoodReporter.com
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-release-comic-book-prologue-wonder-woman-1984-september-1303149

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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:

Jenny Chen outlined her project Life Happens, a slice of life series where things happen.
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/07/13/vancaf2020-in-conversation-with-jenny-chen/

Jonathon Dalton discussed the story behind Phobos and Deimos
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/07/14/vancaf2020-in-conversation-with-jonathon-dalton/

Francine Delgado spoke about The Comet volume 2
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/07/16/vancaf2020-in-conversation-with-francine-delgado/

Jade McGilvray chatted about her first graphic novel is Encephalon.
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/07/17/vancaf2020-in-conversation-with-jade-mcgilvray/

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s Alberta-born Tenille Townes with her catchy melody and positive message “Come as You Are”.
https://music.apple.com/us/album/come-as-you-are/1511074909?i=1511075048

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