Weekend Update for Sunday, September 13, 2020

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.

ComicBook.com reported that Black Cat #1 is on the way after a hiatus that began with issue #12. Available later this year, the new series will again feature writer Jed Mackay along with art by C.F. Villa. According to Jed, “Black Cat #1 brings us back in a big way, and even after KING IN BLACK, we’re firing on all cylinders. You want to see Felicia pull a heist on an evil alien space god? Done. New costume coming soon? Check. Queen Cat? She’s on her way. The long-awaited Thieves Guild heist that we’ve been building up to for over a year? Of course. And beyond! All of Team Black Cat has been hammering away to bring Felicia and friends (and enemies) back to you with the same energy, charm and pizzazz you’ve come to expect, and we can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve been working on!”
You can read more at ComicBook.com

The ScotiaBank Giller Prize nominations were recently announced. For the first time ever, a graphic novel is among the worthy candidates. Seth’s book Clyde Fans has received the prestigious honour for consideration.
You can read more at ScotiaBankGillerPrize.neme.tv

Quill & Quire announced that Alberta Publishing Awards were recently handed out. Sarah Leavitt won the category of Speculative Fiction for Agnes, Murderess. Sarah was interviewed for this site back in July.
You can read more at QuillandQuire.com

The nominations for this year’s Joe Shuster Awards were recently announced. Here’s the list of nominees.


  • Yana BogatchGrimoire Noir (First Second)
  • Jamal Campbell Far Sector #1-2, Naomi #1-6 (DC Comics)
  • Mike Del Mundo Thor #9-10, 12-13, 15-16 (Marvel Comics)
  • Dale EagleshamShazam #3-8 (DC Comics)
  • Faith Erin Hicks Pumpkinheads (First Second)
  • Karl Kerschl Isola #6-9 (Image Comics)
  • Ken LashleyAmazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #18.HU, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #7-10, 13-14 (Marvel Comics), Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #3 (Valiant Comics)
  • Simon LeclercJours D’attente (La Pastèque)
  • François Miville-Deschênes Zaroff (Lombard)


  • Ed Brisson – Contagion #1-5, Dead Man Logan #3-12, Ghost Rider Vol. 9 #1-3, Ghost Rider 2099 Vol. 2 #1, New Mutants Vol. 4 #1-4, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1, X-Force Vol. 5 #2-10, Age of X-Men: Nextgen #1-5,  Uncanny X-Men Vol. 5 Annual #1, plus contributions to Alpha Flight: True North #1, Marvel Comics #1000, Incoming #1, Uncanny X-Men Vol. 5 #8-10  (Marvel Comics)
  • Cecil Castellucci Batgirl #37-42, Female Furies #1-6, Mysteries of Love in Space #1 (DC Comics)
  • Thomas Desaulnier-Brousseau Jours D’attente (La Pastèque)
  • Brendan FletcherIsola #6-9 (Image Comics), Robotech: Remix #1-3 (Titan)
  • Jeff LemireBerserker Unbound #1-4, Black Hammer/Justice League #1-5, Black Hammer ’45 (with Ray Fawkes) #1-4 , Black Hammer: Age of Doom #9-12, Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy #1, The Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #6 (Dark Horse Comics), The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 (DC Comics), Ascender #1-8, Gideon Falls #10-19 (Image Comics), plus contributions to Marvel Comics #1000 (Marvel Comics)
  • Jed MackayBlack Cat #1-7, Annual #1, Absolute Carnage: Weapons Plus #1, Man Without Fear #1-5, plus contributions to Bizarre Adventures #1, Spider-Verse Vol. 3 #1, 3 (Marvel Comics)
  • Mariko Tamaki Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second), Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC Comics), Spider-Man and Venom: Double Trouble (Marvel Comics), Archie #706-709 (Archie Comics)
  • Darcy Van Poelgeest Little Bird #1-5 (Image Comics)
  • Chip Zdarsky – The White Trees #1-2 (Image Comics), Daredevil Vol. 6 #1-15, Spider-Man: Life Story 1-6, Invaders Vol. 3 #1-12,  Doom 2099 Vol. 2 #1, as well as contributions to Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1,, Incoming #1, Marvel Comics #1000, War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 (Marvel Comics)


  • Brigitte Archambault Le projet shiatsung (Mecanique Generale)
  • Sophie Bedard Les petits garcons (Pow Pow)
  • Nina BunjevacBezimena (Fantagraphics)
  • Emily Carroll When I Arrived at the Castle (Koyama Press)
  • Michael Deforge Stunt (Koyama Press)
  • Sarah LeavittAgnes, Murderess (Freehand Books)
  • Jeff Lemire Frogcatchers (Simon and Schuster)
  • Renee Nault The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel (McClelland & Stewart) adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood
  • Jay Stephens Dejects (Black Eye Books)

Cover Artist

  • Kaare Andrews
  • Sweeney Boo
  • Nick Bradshaw
  • Michael Cho
  • Mike Del Mundo
  • Dale Eaglesham
  • David Finch
  • Dale Keown
  • Francis Manapul

Webcomics/Digital Comics

Gene Day Award for Self-Published Comics / Graphic Novels

  • Daniel Brodie, Robert JennexMorgan’s Organs #3
  • Naomi Cui, Janice LiuChicken Soup & Goji Berries
  • A. Shay HahnBeaver Damn #3, Our Hearts Are Full, Vladiasaurs
  • Becka KinzieGehenna: Death Valley
  • Jonathan KociubaLover Man Vol. 1
  • MinikimMaman, Papa… et moi! et moi! et moi!
  • Chris Sanagan, Jason LapidusGroup of 7 #4-6

Gene Day Award for Anthology Collections

  • Cauldron Magazine #2 (Ricky Lima, Sam Noir, Shane Heron Publishers)
  • Life Finds a Way (Cloudscape Comics Collective)
  • RAID Two (RAID Studio)
  • Shout Out (TO Comix)
  • This Place: 150 Years Retold (Highwater Press)
  • The Witching Hours (Cloudscape Comics Collective)

The Dragon Award (Comics for younger readers)

  • Marvel Action: Captain Marvel – Sam Maggs, Sweeney Boo (IDW Publishing/Marvel Comics)
  • Mort et Déterré T.1: Un cadavre en caval – Jocelyn Boivert, Pascal Colpron (Dupuis)
  • Operatic – Kyo Maclear, Byron Eggenschwiler (Groundwood Books)  
  • Peter and Ernesto: The Lost Sloths – Graham Annable (First Second Books)  
  • Surviving the City Vol. 1 – Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Natasha Donovan (Highwater Press)
  • Si on Était T.1 – Axelle Lenoir (Front Froid)

Harry Kremer Retailer Recognition Award

  • Alpha Comics (Calgary, AB)
  • Comic Book Addiction (Whitby, ON)
  • Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Cyber City Comix (Toronto, ON)
  • Golden Age Collectables (Vancouver, BC)
  • Heroes World (Markham, ON)
  • Librarie Z (Montreal, QC)

Good luck to all the nominees.
You can read more at JoeShusterAwards.com

DC Comics announced the return of Batman Black and White starting on December 8. The six-issue prestige format series with a brand-new slate of storytellers will explore the Batman mythos in black and white. Canada is represented by Chip Zdarsky and Nick Bradshaw.
You can read more at DCComics.com

The Verge reported that the video game based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is going to be reissued. Available from Ubisoft in ‘holiday 2020’, the game which originally appeared on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, will now be coming to the PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and Google Stadia. According to Bryan’s tweet: “Huge thank you to the fans who never shut up about the Scott Pilgrim game, not once, ever, even for one second to let me sleep. This game belongs to you. Now please get out of my house.”
You can read more at TheVerge.com

The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, taking place over the weekend of October 9-11, issued a video trailer for the event to celebrate the amazing world of comic artist, creators and writers. Canadian guests include Francois Desharnais and Julie Rocheleau – both featured in interviews on this podcast.
You can read more at ComicArtFestival.com

Bleeding Cool announced that Drawn & Quarterly will publish Aminder Dhaliwal’s Cylopedia Exotica as a follow up to her award-winning Woman World. The article describes Cyclopedia Exotica as “…doctor’s office waiting rooms, commercials, dog parks, and dating app screenshots capture the experiences and interior lives of the cyclops community; a largely immigrant population displaying physical differences from the majority. Whether they’re artists, parents, or yoga students, the cyclops have it tough: they face microaggressions and overt xenophobia on a daily basis.” The book is slated for release in April 2021.
You can read more at BleedingCool.com

CBC News reported on a seven-year-old comic book creator who’s doing his part to help fight COVID-19. Owen Cargill, from Windsor, Ontario, has written and drawn The Last Family – rise of the COVID-19 with proceeds going to a vaccine production company. Sean Cousineau, store owner of Rogues Gallery Comics in Windsor, has been selling Owen’s book at the front counter. According to Sean: “We’ve sold out twice already. Every time he brings them in, they go out just as fast.”
You can read more CBCNews.ca

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:

Brenda Hickey talked about her work on the Aggretsuko series and other upcoming projects:

Laura Ķeniņš chatted about the unique historical stories found in Nova Graphica:

Keenan Poloncsak discussed the process of bookbinding along with his work on Squid-Gee:

And David Daneman talked about his newest Kickstarter project iMMigratitude:

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s Mike Plume backed by the Road Hammers aka Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne, for a gospel-infused tune called ‘It’s A Long Long Way”


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