Weekend Update for Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Here’s a roundup of just some of the news from around the web this past week about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

Von Allen posted a blog reflecting on his grant from the City of Ottawa’s Arts Funding Program in support of his ongoing comics project Wolf’s Head. According to Von: “…. it’s taken a bit of time for me to really get my head around it. I’m both honoured and pleased as punch to receive it. And in these pandemic times we live in, it is one helluva lift. ”
You can read more on Von’s blog at VonAllan.com

https://www.vonallan.com/2020/08/city-of-ottawa-grant-support.html
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CBC Books wrote about Canada Reads author Cory Doctorow publishing his first picture book, Poesy the Monster Slayer. In an email to CBC Books, Cory wrote: “This is the monster-kid book I wanted to read as a kid, and that I wanted to read to my kid! Monsters are just the best, and the only thing better than them is defeating them by the power of your wits, ingenuity and bravery.”
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books
https://www.cbc.ca/books/canada-reads-author-cory-doctorow-publishes-first-picture-book-poesy-the-monster-slayer-1.5666214
Poesy The Monster Slayer

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette published an article about a new comic book series Norah’s Saga set in Canada with writing duties supplied by Blake Northcott. According to Blake: “When I saw the concept art and they walked me through the story, I immediately started forming ideas and thinking about which direction I would take it. [Mitch and Elizabeth] were both so generous creatively; they told me I could write my own outline and really make it my own, which was very attractive to me.”
You can read more at ArkansasOnline.com
https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/aug/03/drawing-on-experience/
Nora's Saga

Comic Watch interviewed Johnnie Christmas about his newest work Crema. When asked about his process for getting the characters just right on the page, Johnnie said: “
You can read more at Comic-Watch.com
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Ron Leishman, co-creator of Captain Canuck, promoted his free Toonaday creations. According to Rob: “I discovered the internet in early 1996 and decided that it was time to put away my crayons and see if I couldn’t put my talents to work digitally. Good cartoon clip art on the net was sorely lacking and that became my focus. I had been teaching junior high up to that point and so I continued to teach by day while cartooning nights and weekends. It wasn’t until 2003 that I finally put my teaching career behind me and devoted myself full time to Toonaday and custom cartooning.”
You can read more at Toonaday.com

And if you haven’t heard yet, DC Comics announced some of the guests who will be appearing at the August 22 DC Fandome event. Among the many who be there, notable Canadians include: Cecil Castellucci, Jamal Campbell, Jason Fabok, Riley Rossmo, and many more to come.
You can see the list on the DC Comics Twitter page:

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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:

Dave Bishop spoke about Ghost In The Alley, potential plans for Crude and his work on the Amazing Hockey Stories:
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/08/03/in-conversation-with-dave-bishop/

Matt Smith chatted about his humorous autobiographical Smith vs Smith comics:
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/08/06/in-conversation-with-matt-smith/

Anthony Del Col offered insight about Kill Shakespeare, Assassin’s Creed and the noir series The Death of Nancy Drew:
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/08/07/in-conversation-with-anthony-del-col/

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s a song from acclaimed producer Dan Swinimer (who’s also my cousin). Take a listen to Peterborough, Ontario native Elyse Saunders with ‘Free’:
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