Weekend Update for Sunday, August 16, 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.

DC Comics unveiled the complete roster of talented creators who are on board for Detective Comics #1027 that goes on sale September 15. Among the many comic book folk are the following Canadians: Nathan Fairbairn, Chip Zdarsky, Riley Rossmo, Mariko Tamaki, and Jamal Campbell.
You can read more on the DC Comics Twitter feed:
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Johnnie Christmas tweeted that he’ll be writing and drawing three middle-grade graphic novels with publisher Harper Collins slated for stores in 2022, 2023 and 2024. You can read more on Johnnie’s Twitter feed.


Celsys announced the release of “Clip Studio Paint for Galaxy” for the Samsung Galaxy series starting on August 21 in Galaxy stores worldwide. Clip Studio Paint for Galaxy is an illustration, manga, and animation app with all the same functions as the versions for Windows, macOS, iPad and iPhone. Available for a six-month trial, Clip Studio Paint for Galaxy will come preinstalled on the new Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, the first Android device with Clip Studio Paint, so that artists can start using the app immediately. Users can adjust the pen pressure and stabilization settings to draw smooth, natural lines. The app comes with a range of preset brushes such as pencils, G pens, watercolours and oils, or you can customize and make your own original brushes. Using vector layers, you can easily adjust your lines after drawing.
You can discover more on the Samsung Galaxy app store.

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Have you ever wanted to have some prime Canadian maple syrup to go along with your Captain Canuck reading experience? Well now you can with Captain Canuck and Jakeman’s ‘Grade A Amber’ Pure Maple Syrup. Available from Chapter House Comics, the home of Captain Canuck, the pure maple syrup is sourced from over 200 Ontario maple syrup farms. The site claims that “the unbelievable rich taste is unbelievable on pancakes and even more unbelievable on Pancakes and Canadian Bacon!”
You can read more at Chapterhouse.ca

Jeff Lemire tweeted that Sweet Tooth will return in November with a six-issue mini-series from DC Comics. You can read more on Jeff’s Twitter feed.

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The Hollywood Reporter announced that DC Comics will publish The Other History of the DC Universe featuring covers by Jamal Campbell. The five-part series goes on sale in November from screenwriter John Ridley. The stories will re-examine important and iconic moments from DC’s comic book history from the point of view of characters from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including Jefferson Pierce — better known as Black Lightning — and Renee Montoya (The Question).
You can read more at HollywoodReporter.com


Insider reported that writer Anthony Del Col and artist Josh Adams have collaborated to create The Great Escape: Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Left The Royal Family. This online version of the comic is an “illustrated look at how old scars can still feel fresh; the fraught relationships within the royal family, and their relation to the press; and why one of the world’s most famous royals would relinquish his title of prince.”
You can read the comic book on Insider.com
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The Mary Sue reported that there’s a new Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel on the way from writer Faith Erin Hicks. Dark Horse was announced: Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy, arriving in February 16, 2021. Faith will join series writer Tim Hedrick, and illustrators Peter Wartman and Adele Matera for the story as outlined by Dark Horse as: “Things are looking bright at the Beifong Metalbending Academy! But after all the adventures Toph’s had with Aang, Sokka, Zuko, and Katara, things feel dull. Luckily, Sokka and Suki come to visit and reintroduce some familiar faces from their wandering days. And while out and about to celebrate, Toph discovers something that just might put the spring back in her step.”
You can read more at TheMarySue.com

It’s never a good feeling when something good comes to an end, but in this case it’s been a wild ride as Image Comics announced the 80-page final issue of Gideon Falls this December. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino will serve up one final ‘mind-blowing’ issue to conclude the Eisner Award-winning series. According to Eric Stephenson, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics” We’ve been fortunate to publish a lot of great work by Jeff and his many collaborators—Descender, AD, Plutona, Royal City—but his work with Andrea on Gideon Falls is one of his most incredible storytelling accomplishments to date.”
You can read more at ImageComics.com
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And in case you missed it, here are some of the talented Canadian comic book creators and supporters who kindly gave their time for podcast interviews published this past week:

Jazmin Fletcher chatted about the new features in Clip Studio Paint:

Jowy talked about Heroes Manufactured: Comics Vault:

Yaron Betan discussed his new show Heroes Manufactured: Creators Unleashed:

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s a song from Edmonton, Alberta roots rockers Ayla Brook & the Soundmen with a tune written as a sort of love letter to the music community. Here’s ‘Lift You Up’.


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