Weekend Update for Sunday, September 6, 2020

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

The nominations for the 2020 Harvey Awards were announced recently. The Harvey Awards honors books and creators working in sequential art across a variety of categories and represents one of the industry’s longest-running annual events. The awards are named after Harvey Kurtzman, the legendary creator who is best remembered for creating MAD. Among the many nominees, are the following notable Canadians:
– Darcy Van Poelgeest (along with Ian Bertram) for Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope in the Book of the Year category
– Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo for Afterlift in the Digital Book of the Year category
Winners will be announced during the New York Comic Con’s Metaverse taking place virtually from October 8 to 11.
You can read more at HarveyAwards.com

Reedsy published their list of the 100 best graphic novels of all time. While gathering that list must have taken a long time and a lot of heated arguments, the list includes many books featuring Canadian creators such as:
Ms. Marvel: No Normal by Adrian Alphona (plus G. Willow Wilson)
– Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Saga by Fiona Staples (plus Brian K. Vaughan)
– Y: The Last Man by Pia Guerra (plus Brian K. Vaughan)
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Emily Carroll (plus Laurie Halse Anderson)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
You can read more at Reedsy.com

The Small Press Expo announced the 2020 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards — a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The 2020 Ignatz Awards are sponsored by Politics & Prose, a D.C. based independent bookstore devoted to cultivating community and strengthening the common good through books, programs, and a respectful exchange of ideas. Noteable Canadian nominees include:
  • Michael DeForge for Familiar Face in the Outstanding Artist category
  • Sylvia Nickerson in the Promising New Talent category

The online presentation of Ignatz Award winners will take place September 12
You can read more at SmallPressExpo.com


Moms.com reported that teens can vote for their favourite book on American Library Association’s ‘Teens’ Top Ten’ list. Voting is open until October 15th. Notable Canadians on the list include:
– Mariko Tamaki (plus Rosemary Valero-O’Connell) for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
– Faith Erin Hicks (plus Rainbow Rowell) for Pumpkinheads
For more information, visit Moms.com


Polygon published their top picks for fall 2020. On the list is Ryan North for his written adaptation of Kurt Vonegut’s Slaughter House-Five drawn by Albert Monteys. According to the article: “While this may seem like an unlikely match-up of storytelling talents, North harnesses his dry-humored goofiness to translate what is arguably one of the most darkly comedic stories ever told in fiction, hammering things home with delightful cartooning from Monteys.”
Slaughter House-Five is slated for sale on September 15.
You can read more at Polygon.com
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On his twitter feed, Darcy Van Poelgeest announced the prequel to the Eisner-award winning Little Bird. Featuring the tagline “35 years before the events of Little Bird, a child goes missing… and now one man has to keep it that way.” The book is scheduled for 2021.
You can read more at Twitter.com/DVPdirect
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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:

Josh Tierney chatted about his work with various artists on Warm Blood:

Jonathan Kociuba talked about Deathstalkers and how it came to life:

Matt McGrath discussed his Kickstarter 1D-10T Error:

Janice Liu offered insight behind Chicken Soup & Goji Berries:

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s Kim Richardson and Jason Lang joining musical forces for a joyful soul-filled track that reminds us to be who we are and not forget to live in the moment. Give a listen to “No Mountain Too High”


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