Weekend Update for Sunday, September 20, 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.

Deadline reported that Norman Reedus from ‘The Walking Dead’ has already lined up an adaptation of Aftershock Comics’ Undone By Blood, in which he will likely star, as well as Executive Producer. Taking a new spin on the Western genre, the Undone By Blood TV series will have writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler as Co-Executive Producers and Aftershock’s Jon and Lee Kramer as Executive Producers.
You can read more at Deadline.com

Adam Gorham announced on his Twitter feed that he’s joining the team on The Immortal Hulk to offer his art skills for issue #42. The issue is targeted for release on December 30.

Heavy Metal Magazine and Amazing Stories Magazine artist George Todorovski has a new Kickstarter project called Sci-Fi Colouring Book. The project is described as a “collection of 28 beautifully illustrated detailed sci-fi pieces by adding your colours in Elsewhere Media’s first colouring book for grown-ups”. There are plenty of rewards including signed copies and prints.
You can read more on Kickstarter.com

Multiversity Comics reported that Tony Cliff will be providing the art for Bubble slated to arrive July 13, 2021. The book from MacMillan imprint First Second is described as “an original graphic novel based on the scripted comedy-horror podcast of the same name, follows freelance monster hunter Morgan from the “bubble” of Fairhaven, a domed city amidst the monstrosity-filled Brush that composes the outside world. She does this with the help of her trusty Huntr smartphone app.”
You can read more at Multiversity.com

The Comics Beat recently interviewed Ryan North about his adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House-Five now available for sale. When asked about his personal story related to Kurt, Ryan said: “I still have the first Vonnegut book I ever read, which was a paperback copy of Slaughter House-Five given to me by my friend Priya. She put a Superman sticker on the back to cover up the price tag.  I read it right away – actually, I started reading it on the way home from the post office – and I still remember the moment, there parked in my car, putting the book down to look out at the night and the empty lot.  The book demanded it, demanded that I take this moment to let it sink in.  I’ve never had that before or since – normally I just tear through things.  So adapting this book into a new medium was a very special thing for me.  You know, on top of it being Vonnegut’s most famous and influential work, which was also a thing.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com

CBR reported that the annual Thought Bubble convention, regarded as the UK’s largest comic art festival, is going virtual this year in the form of panels, Q&As and masterclasses. Canadian guests include Cecil Castellucci, Jeff Lemire, Andy Belanger and Chip Zdarsky.
You can read more at CBR.com

Marvel announced a new book with art by Cale Atkinson. Snow Day For Groot, written by Brendan Deneen, recounts a tale about the first snow of the year in New York City, and the Guardians of the Galaxy have dropped off Groot and his best friend Rocket on Earth for them to meet up with Spidey. When asked about the book, Cale said: “I certainly got to embrace my inner fanboy, whilst drawing Rocket, Groot, and Spidey web slinging around a winter NYC. It’s been a real blast working on the Groot series with Brendan, being able to fill the pages with all our favourite Super Heroes, as well as include some of the lesser known Marvel characters. I wanted to make sure there was a lot to see in the book, from full scenes of Super Heroes, to the hidden Ant-Man and The Wasp on each page. I hope readers enjoy all that we fit into the 32 pages.”
You can read more at Marvel.com

The SOO Today interviewed Graham Annable about his current comic book work including storyboards for the upcoming ‘Pinocchio’ from director Guillermo del Toro. When asked about his career, Graham said: “I’ve been lucky that I have been able to jump around a bit and simultaneously work on films and also my comic book stuff. For the last year-and-a-half, I have been on my own freelancing on different projects and it’s been pretty great.”
You can read more SooToday.com

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:

Sam Salgood chatted about his current project Mind Engine:

Julie Rocheleau explained her workflow process:

Sam Logan discussed his work on Sam and Fuzzy and future plans:

And Sam Noir provided an update about Cauldron magazine and a new augmented reality project entitled Ballyskillen:

To end this edition of Weekend Update, here’s Ryan Laird with ‘Make it Work’


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