Weekend Update For Sunday, December 6, 2020

Here’s a round up of the latest news gathered around the Internet about Canadian comic book creators:

The Chilliwack Progress interviewed Kyle Charles about his art in the new Marvel Indigenous Voices #1. When asked the impact the book is having on readers, Kyle said: “I’ve even had young people reach out for advice…They tell me they’re working to get sober and … I just tell them, ‘Hey, like, we all deal with the same thing, so I want you to just trust yourself and know your own past and remain strong in that pursuit.’”
You can read more at TheProgress.com

CBC News spoke with writer Suzanne Charron about her book about Northern Ontario ‘wolf man’ Joe LaFlamme. Laflamme’s story has been turned into a comic book series, with the help of Sudbury artist Jacques-André Blouin. When asked about the story, Suzanne said: “I got proof of everything in my book….I just saw it in colour … I saw the scenes go by. I approached Jacques-André Blouin, a former colleague and a friend, because he loves drawing comic strips. And he got hooked because he could see the possibilities. There’s so many adventures in that man’s life. It’s amazing.”
You can read more at CBC.ca/News

Hollywood Soapbox interviewed Jim Zub and Max Dunbar about season 2 of Stone Star for ComiXology. When asked about working with Max again, Jim said: “Max and I are jamming a lot more with each other, throwing ideas back and forth, inspiring each other and generating a lot more creativity in the process. Max’s skill in design constantly motivates me to dig a bit deeper and bring more personality to the background characters and world he’s generating on the page.” And Max said: “It is a super collaborative process. In my opinion, the projects that are the most rewarding and fun are the ones that are built from the ground up by the writer and artist as a team. I feel like on Stone Star season two we continued to do that.”
You can read more at HollywoodSoapbox.com

Discover Humbolt wrote about a new limited edition of The Adventures of Auroraman Issue #1 written by creator Jeff Burton has been released, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Horizon School Division’s Christmas Hamper program. According to the article, the special edition is a collaboration with StudioComix Press, as owner Alfonso Espinos provides the new art for the comic. When asked about the charity, Jeff said: “I wanted it to be something that was local but I’m kind of a guy with two communities. I was having trouble figuring out what charity I could do that would be beneficial for a bigger picture. All of a sudden it came to me, the school division does the Christmas hampers for families in need in the division, and I was like, ‘this is great!'”
You can read more at https://discoverhumboldt.com/local/auroraman

Riley Hamilton announced that his new Kickstarter project has launched. SPQR is a brand-new comic created, written, and lettered by Riley Hamilton with pencils from Samrat Das, inks from Rowel Roque, and colours by Lucas Aparicio. It is a historical fiction set in the Roman Empire in 69 CE, also known as the Year of the Four Emperors. The story is an action comic with a healthy dose of character drama and is inspired by true events.
You can discover more about the project on Kickstarter at
And you can listen to Riley’s interview on Monday on this site.

CBC News interviewed Philippe Girard about his upcoming graphic novel from Drawn + Quarterly – Leonard Cohen: On A Wire slated for sale in French in March 2021 and then in English in November 2021. When asked about the book, Philippe said: “Leonard Cohen is a man who has been declared dead at least 10 times in his life, but who rises from the ashes every time. He was extremely resilient and able to reinvent himself. So I decided to talk about Leonard Cohen: the phoenix, the one who always ends up bouncing back, even when he’s down on his knees.”
You can read more at CBC.ca/News

The Manitoban interviewed Braedan Hafichuk about his new comic book series Shimmering Basin. When asked about the reason for making his series, Braedan said: “Rather than tell the story of musclebound heroes on quests for the fate of the world, I wanted to focus on the backwater parts of the fantasy world, parts that are filled with people more focused on the personal struggles we all face and not the fights of good and evil.”
You can more at TheManitoban.com

BNN interviewed Peter Birkemoe, owner of The Beguiling about how the pandemic is affecting his comic book store.
You can see the entire interview on BNNBloomberg.ca

Publishers Weekly reported that HMH/Etch has acquired world rights to YA graphic novel Pillow Talk written by Stephanie Cooke and illustrated by Mel Valentine Vargas, about Grace Mendes aka Cinderhella, a fierce competitor in the Pillow Fight Federation (PFF), an underground pillow fight league that’s part roller derby, part professional wrestling. Publication is scheduled for 2023.
You can read more at PublishersWeekly.com

Here’s another story about Marvel Indigenous Voices #1 in which CBC interviewed David Cutler about his recent artwork contribution. When asked about what this book means for indigenous people, David said: “It’s an important book for huge reasons…After the last year, or the last four years, Indigenous communities are feeling more marginalized than ever, more forgotten and overlooked than ever. I think a book like this is a reminder to ourselves, and to the world, that we’re here and we matter and we’re writers, that we’re artists and we’re creative, and sometimes we’re superheroes. We’re part of the world, we have a lot to be proud of.” 
You can read more at CBC.ca/News

It’s that time of year again when the best of lists start to appear. The Guardian is first out of the gate with their many favourite comic books and graphic novels for 2020 including Canadian Walter Scott’s Wendy, Master of Art from Drawn + Quarterly.
You can read more at TheGuardian.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:

Derrick Chow spoke about the value of libraries along with WhitCAF 2020:

Gibson Quarter offered insight about making comics along with his thoughts about WhitCAF 2020:

Derek Barton talked about getting into comic books plus his thoughts about libraries and library events:

Greg Hyland provided an update about his various projects including a new volume of Monster Atlas:

Shane Heron spoke about the Kickstarter project Auric: A Long Winter:

Howard Wong and Josh Stafford chatted about their upcoming project Damned, Cursed Children:

Jack Briglio, Mike Heneghan, Derek Künsken, Josh Stafford, Brandon Crilly and Dan Collins talked about Flip volume 2:

And Ashley Victoria Robinson offered her insight into making Jupiter Jet and The Forgotten Radio:


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