Weekend Update for Sunday, October 4, 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.

SyFy Wire spoke with Kelly Fitzpatrick, who was interviewed for this site last June, about the problems faced by colorists when it comes to making comic books. Kelly said: “Deadlines are a huge problem. We are often working on multiple projects (to make ends meet) at the same time and people are late. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I’ve had my fair share of having issues with meeting deadlines. It’s hard when you wake up every day and you don’t know what your body and mind are going to be like. Mistakes happen, people get sick, and projects get late and it’s often up to the colorist to make up the schedule magically.”
You can read more at SyFy.com

DC Comics announced the third and final instalment of Wonder Wonder Earth One. According to the announcement, the book is a “thought-provoking original graphic novel that puts an all-new spin on the Amazon Warrior, written by Grant Morrison, one of the most groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and bestselling writers of his generation, and drawn by Yanick Paquette, an Eisner Award-nominated and Shuster Award-winning, globally recognized Canadian artist.” Nathan Fairburn will be colouring the graphic novel that is slated for stores on March 9, 2021.
You can read more at DCComics.com

CBC Books published their list of 15 Canadian comics coming out this fall. This includes:
Awkward Pause by Ryan Harby
A Slug Story is a book by Mandi & Hana Kujawa
Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros
Nova Graphica edited by Laura Ķeniņš
Kimiko Does Cancer written by Kimiko Tobimatsu and illustrated by Keet Geniza
How I Survived: Four Nights on the Ice written by Serapio Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Matthew K. Hoddy
Okay, Universe by Valérie Plante and Delphie Côté-Lacroix.
Paul at Home by Michel Rabagliati
The League of Super Feminists by Mirion Malle
Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures edited by S.M. Beiko
The Reckoner Rises: Breakdown written by David A. Robertson and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
From the Roots Up written by Tasha Spillett-Sumner and illustrated by Natasha Donovan
To Know You’re Alive by Dakota McFadzean
Barely Functioning Adult by Meichi Ng
What If We Were by Axelle Lenoir
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books

The annual Mississauga Comic Expo is returning this October but not in the physical sense. MCX, which has been reported on the site in the past, showcases artists, novelists, creators, designers and developers from the Mississauga and greater Toronto area. This year’s online event highlights comic artists and authors including Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart, Jillian Tamaki, Johnnie Christmas and Sam Maggs. There will also be sketch challenges featuring Jamal Campbell, Sanya Anwar, Marcus To, Paris Alleyne, Anoosha Syed and Megan Huang.
You can read more at Mississauga.ca or follow along on Twitter at @MCX_Comics

The Chronicle Herald reported on the AfterWords Literary Festival that featured the launch event for Nova Graphica. This site interviewed that book’s editor Laura Ķeniņš last month. According to the article: “When Kenins pitched the idea of Nova Graphica to Andy Brown at Conundrum Press, she saw it as a way to tell these stories and highlight the work of local artists whose work she admired and could provide the kind of variety of content and illustration she was looking for.”
You can read more at TheChronicleHerald.ca

DC Comics published an interview with artist Jason Fabok about his work on Batman: Three Jokers. When asked about how he approached the visual for the books, Jason said: “I’m using that 1980s aesthetic, and then bringing it to 2020. Reaching into the past to get my foundation, and then taking that forward and into my own direction. I just wanted to go with my gut feeling of how I’ve always wanted to draw a Batman story and it flowed from there. Even the designs of Barbara Gordon are taken right out of classic 1980s Batgirl comics—Batgirl’s Bat-bike is taken directly out of old-school comics from the ’70s and ‘80s.”
You can read more at DCComics.com

SyFy Wire interviewed Johnnie Christmas about his experience working in the comic book industry including his more recent projects: Crema and Tartarus. When asked about working outside the mainstream publications, Johnnie said: “When I first started off in comics professionally I was honestly afraid of … of getting a job like on Batman or something. Because when you’re trying to discover your voice, or you are looking for it, you’re really unsure of yourself. So if I was plugged into the system of the “Big Two,” I was afraid that I might not be able to find my voice, because [I would be creating] someone else’s. But I honestly like seeing how the Big Two machine works from the inside, and I’d be very open to it now. Because I have a lot more confidence in what I want to say and how I want to say it.”
You can read more at SyFy.com

CBC Books published a list of 52 picture books slated for release this fall. While the number of offering is too voluminous to reprint here, some notable inclusions are:
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki is described as a “picture book that features a neighbourhood with colourful characters who come together in the kitchen to share a meal”
Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates is a picture book by Kara Kootstra and Bobby Orr (considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time) and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
The Wrench by Elise Gravel is a book “filled with humour as it looks at the life of Bob and what happens when his tricycle is broken. He needs a wrench to fix it and encounters a series of funny events and happenings along the way.”
You can read more at CBC.ca/Books

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:

Jennifer Cuthbert spoke about her Adventures of Lollipop series along with The Word On The Street Toronto:

Chris Sanagan and Jason Lapidus discussed their Group of 7 graphic novel along with The Word On The Street Toronto:

And Jason Tocewicz offered details about his contribution to the latest issue of Cauldron Magazine


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