Weekend Update for Sunday, August 30, 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.

SyFy Wire chatted with Chip Zdarsky and Ramón Pérez about their upcoming series Stillwater slated for stores on September 16. When asked about where the idea came from, Chip said: “I think like with most writers, I have a mild obsession with the idea of mortality. As a teenager, I was deep into the goth phase and quite enjoyed the Anne Rice novels. I loved how she crafted the idea of immortality, the highs and lows of it. It got me to thinking that there’s some glamor there to most immortality stories. But what would happen if it was average small-town people who had it thrust upon them and how that would play out?”
You can read more at SyFy.com

Conundrum Press announced that in April 2021, they plan to release the collection of autobiographical work by Montreal punk legend and alternative cartoonist Rick Trembles called Represented Immobilized. The book is described as ‘featuring schoolyard scuffles, seedy matinees, and run-ins with inept riot cops, Represented Immobilized is an unflinching look at Rick Trembles early years in Montreal, through his own smudged lenses.’
You can read more at ConundrumPress.com


The Hollywood Reporter published an article about Amazon’s ComiXology partnering with Dark Horse to bring a selection of digital-only comic books to print in early 2021. One of the first titles to get this treatment is the Eisner-award winning Afterlift by Chip Zdarsky, Jason Loo, Paris Alleyne, Aditya Bidikar and Allison O’Toole.
You can read more at HollywoodReporter.com

Bleeding Cool reported that Second Coming series is getting a sequel. Slated for stores on December 16th, Second Coming: Only Begotten Son follows the critically acclaimed series featuring the talents of Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk and Mark Russell.
You can read more at BleedingCool.com
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The 2020 Ringo Award nominations were announced and Canadians figure prominently on the list. They include:

  • Jeff Lemire for Best Writer
  • Mariko Tamaki for Best Writer
  • Black Hammer: Age of Doom, written by Jeff Lemire, for Best Series
  • Second Coming #1, with art by Richard Pace and inks by Leonard Kirk for Best Single Issue or Story
  • Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, written by Jim Zub with art by Troy Little, for Best Humor Comic
  • The Nib Editorial Cartoons by Pia Guerra for Best Comics Strip or Panel
  • Science! The Elements of Dark Energy, written by Ashley Victoria Robinson, for Best Kids Comics or Graphic Novel

Congratulation to all the nominees. Winners will be announced on October 24, 2020.
You can read more at RingoAwards.com

The Verge reviewed the reMarkable 2 E Ink tablet. Offered at USD $399, the second generation 10.3-inch canvas display is the same size and 226 DPI resolution as the original model. As with the previous version, this new model offers a textured writing surface that works in combination with the custom-designed pens to replicate the tactile sensation of writing with an actual pen and paper including 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Anything drawn or written on the device can be synced through a companion desktop or mobile application.
You can read more at TheVerge.com
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Winnipeg Free Press reported that Samantha Beiko won the Aurora Award  for Canadian science fiction and fantasy work with the graphic novel Krampus is My Boyfriend. The story pertains to a 16-year-old girl who summons the Christmas demon Krampus — you can read it online at wfp.to/krampus.
You can read more at WinnipegFreePress.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:

Derek Evernden talked about his webcomic @bogartcreek:

Kyle Charles spoke about his work on This Place: 150 Years Retold and his upcoming work on Marvel’s Indigenous Voices:

Chase Kantor offering insight in his process for making The Saga of the Jack of Spades:

Nyco Rudolph talked about his upcoming graphic novel featuring Canadian bears, plus his encounter with the late Carrie Fisher:

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s a three-piece, alt-rock band from Toronto, Ontario, called MONOWHALES with a ‘thundering anthem about taking risks and believing in the power of your own will’. Here’s ‘All or Nothing’:


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