Weekend Update for Sunday, October 18, 2020

Here’s just some of the news about Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

DC Comics made headlines this past week with the unveiling of DC Future State. The two-month, line-wide event begins January 2021 that will feature a combination of monthly and twice-monthly oversized anthologies, as well as a monthly schedule of miniseries and one-shots. Notable titles include:
Dark Detective, by Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora
Mister Miracle, by Valentine De Landro and Brandon Easton
Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman by Marguerite Sauvage and Marguerite Bennett
Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes by Riley Rossmo and Brian Michael Bendis
Future State: The Flash by Dale Eaglesham and Brandon Vietti
You can read more at DCComics.com
https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2020/10/15/dc-future-state-a-glimpse-into-the-future-of-the-dc-universe

Newsarama interviewed Ed Brisson as he wraps up his writing duties on New Mutants. When asked about what he plans to do next, Ed said: “I’ve got a couple of projects in the hopper and am hard at work on bringing these to fruition, but because of COVID and other delays, it may look as though I’ve disappeared for a bit. I’m not sure when the projects will be announced and obviously I can’t say what they are for fear of death, but I’m excited for them. I’ve also got a creator-owned book that will be out soonish. It’s me returning to crime comics, something that is in my veins and hard to quit. News on that will likely drop in November.”
You can read more at Newsarama.com
https://www.gamesradar.com/ed-brisson-wraps-his-new-mutants-run-with-x-of-swords/

Comics Beat offered a report from NYCC 2020 about ‘DC: Art in Focus’ including Riley Rossmo. During the panel conversation, Riley spoke about his experience with Sam Humphries on Harley Quinn #75. He said: “I prefer a looser [script], I guess, more the Marvel way. With Sam, it was ‘Do what you want to do, and we’ll figure it out. These are the story pieces that have to happen.’ I try to anchor the page with a big, detailed image that sets up where we are and what’s going on. And so with the image of Harley on that first slide, as Harley loses consciousness, she’s descending into the water that’s impossibly deep, then build out the rest of it around the page.”
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com
https://www.comicsbeat.com/nycc-20-dc-art-in-focus-panel/

The 2021 Forest of Reading nominations were recently announced. Among the many noteable nominees are the following:
– J. Torres with Tim Levins for Planet Hockey
– Graham Annable for Sloths In The Night
– Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
You can read more at AccessOLA.com
https://accessola.com/forest/award-nominated-lists/

The Sun Times from Owen Sound interviewed artist Gwynne McMaster and writer Andrew Blair about their first graphic novel Good Afternoon. Gwynne described that story as “based around a gas station robbery…It’s very Quentin Tarantino-esque where there is three parts of the story and they’re not told chronologically. It isn’t the most kid-friendly novel, but it is a really interesting read for anyone that is into film as opposed to other graphic novels. Film is really what we used for our inspiration.”
You can read more at OwenSoundSunTimes.com
https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/local-artists-self-publish-their-first-graphic-novel-good-afternoon/wcm/af5fdb6c-a7b7-441b-814c-91c6ec2f5249

Comics Beat published a list of the 68 most anticipated graphic novels for fall 2020. Among the many, there are some notables from Canadian creators including:
Kimiko Does Cancer by writer Kimiko Tobimatsu and artist Keet Geniza
Okay Universe: Chronicles Of A Woman In Politics by writer Valérie Plante and artist Delphie Côté-Lacroix
Fangirl by writer Sam Maggs and artist Gabi Nam
Paul At Home by Michel Rabagliati
Barely Functioning Adult by Meichi Ng
You can read more at ComicsBeat.com
https://www.comicsbeat.com/anticipated-graphic-novels-for-fall-2020/

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:

Lanny Souvanny chatted about her current project Marvel Action Origins with Chris Elipolous slated for stores in December:
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/10/12/in-conversation-with-lanna-souvanny/

Alexander Finbow spoke about Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures edited by S.M. Beiko:
https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2020/10/16/in-conversation-with-alexander-finbow-about-gothic-tales-of-haunted-futures/

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