Weekend Update for Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Jeff Burton has launched a new medium for his Auroraman character. Entitled ‘The Power Records Adventures of Auroraman’, the ongoing episodes offer a multi-voice cast acting out the adventures of Auroraman along with the comic book images.
You can check out the latest adventure on The Adventures of Auroraman channel on YouTube.
CBC Books published their watchlist of the 24 Canadian writers on the rise in 2020. Among the notables on the list, the article cites: “Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist. He created the comic Dakwäkãda Warriors as a language revival initiative. In 2017, it won Broken Pencil Magazine’s Best Comic and Best Zine of the Year Award. It’s now a full-length graphic novel, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Doug Wright Award for best book for kids. Pauls was also nominated for the for the 2020 Doug Wright Award for best emerging talent.”
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books
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The Beacon Herald from Stratford, Ontario, featured a Dan Brown review of Bix by Scott Chantler. Scott, previously interviewed by this podcast on April 2, created Bix as his take on the ups and downs career of the jazz musician. According to Dan: “No other graphic novel does a better job of capturing the free-wheeling joy of jazz music than Southwestern Ontario comic creator Scott Chantler’s newly released Bix….Bix was a sought-after side player during the 1920s and 1930s. Here, one of our region’s leading graphic novelists brings the man’s tragic life to a wider audience. But don’t worry — you don’t need to know the ins and outs of jazz lore to appreciate this work of art.”
You can read more at StratfordBeaconHerald.com

The Guelph Mercury News reported about a community coming to the rescue of a Guelph, Ontario comic book store – The Dragon. Store owner Jenn Haines was feeling the crunch of the pandemic lockdown and reached out to the community for support via social media. The result was a GoFundMe campaign that’s raised almost $12,000 in a month. When speaking on this issue, Jenn said:”I had lost the ability to move forward. I lost that energy. I lost that drive. I just couldn’t figure out what I was doing it for…But seeing all the things that people said about us, and learning how much people feel that they belong here, which has always been what I wanted was for people to feel like they belonged … that gave me the fuel to actually push through and get the store open again.”
You can read more at The Guelph Mercury News

We Got This Covered wrote that starting this October, Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment will be publishing special reprints of The Walking Dead. While the original books were published in black and white, these special reprints will be colored by Dave McCaig — every single panel. According to the article, The Walking Dead Deluxe #1will be available starting October 7th, with new issues coming out twice-monthly going forward.
You can read more at WeGotThisCovered.com
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CBC reported that Conundrum Press run by publisher Andy Brown has established an annual $1,000 bursary for Black and Indigenous emerging creators living in Canada.The article indicated that the bursary will support the creation and production of a mini-comic while the publisher will also help with the distribution of the selected work. The fine print is that to be eligible, applicants must be living in Canada, unpublished and considered developing or emerging creators and is open to people of all ages. When asked about this project, Andy said: “I want to welcome elders, who have never had a chance to speak out because they’ve been raising children or working their entire lives and not been able to have time to create things…It’s a look to the future.”
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books

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:
Comic-Con @Home – Report Day 5 Featuring Canadian comic book creators

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s the iconic Alanis Morissette singing about never losing that ‘spark’ in your eye with Ablaze’.


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