News – Saturday, September 2, 2023

Sweeney Boo in the spotlight at FAN EXPO Canada
CBC Arts interviewed Sweeney Boo at the recent FAN EXPO Canada. In the discussion, she discusses her comic book influences and work ethic. Read more at

Toronto-based creators in the spotlight
insauga reported on comic book creators from the Toronto area who are adding to the vibrant creator scene. Appearing at the recent FAN EXPO Canada, the article wrote about Jason Loo, Jamal Campbell, Ken Lashley and Ramón K. Pérez. Read more at

Keanu Reeves returns to the world of BRZRKR
BOOM! Studios issued a press release announcing that Keanu Reeves will return to co-write BRZRKR: Fallen Empire. Available November 29, the issue will feature a variant cover by Yanick Paquette. Read more at

Iman Vellani give the low down about writing her character Ms. Marvel
Marvel published an interview with Iman Vellani, known for her portrayal as Ms. Marvel. Iman talks about her first comic book writing experience for Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant plus the collaboration with artist Adam Gorham. Read more at

Supergirl flies again with Mariko Tamaki as writer reported that DC Comics will publish Supergirl Special #1 on October 31 written by Mariko Tamaki. Additionally, Jamal Campbell will provide cover art while Ramón K. Pérez will provide a variant cover. Read more at

Gisèle Lagacé in the spotlight
CBC posted an interview with Gisèle Lagacé highlighting her career thus far. The discussion includes her musical past, her work with Archie Comics and her current effort with Ménage à 3 and more. Read more at

Ryan North to guide Star Trek Lower Decks adventure
SuperHeroHype wrote that Star Trek Lower Decks will get a Chose-Your-Own-Adventure graphic novel treatment. Ryan North will provide writing duties for this project that has no current publishing date. Read more at

Kate Beaton and other Canadians recognized for 2023 Eisner Award wins
CBC Books reported that Canada Readers winner Kate Beaton has won 2023 Eisner Awards for Best Writer/Artist and Best Graphic Memoir. The article also recognized J. Bone, Chip Zdarsky and the late Darwyn Cooke for their Eisner Awards. Read more at

Andrew Thomas returns to the Quick Stop
Bleeding Cool published news about Andrew Thomas returning to Kevin Smith’s Quick Stops II from Dark Horse. The four issue series black-and-white anthology series begins in November. Read more at

Chip Zdarsky helps celebrate Howard The Duck’s 50th Anniversary
ICv2 reported that Marvel plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Howard the Duck with a special one shot planned for November. Chip Zdarsky will lend his writing talents along with others for Howard the Duck #1. Read more at

Dave McCaig set to exhibit at UK’s ThoughtBubble comic art festival this fall
Harrogate Advertiser reported that Thought Bubble will return November 11 to 12 to Harrogate in the UK to showcase comic arts. Dave McCaig will be among the talented creators showcasing their work at the event. Read more at

Halifax creator’s graphic novel to be translated into Irish Gaelic
CBC News reported that Wild Rose from Halifax author Nicola R. White, also known as Nicole Slaunwhite, will soon be available in Irish have already been translated in Scottish Gaelic. Read more at

Rossi Gifford to work with Skybound Games to bring Atom Eve to life in new game
NME announced that Rossi Gifford will lend her talents to a joint effort with Terrible Posture Games and Skybound Games to bring the Invincible heroine Atom Even into a game experience that ‘feels like a comic book come to life.’ Read more at

Darcy Van Poelgeest sets Vancouver in a dystopian future in new series
BOOM! Studios announced that Darcy Van Poelgeest will write a new series entitled Lotus Land where the city of Vancouver is the background for detective story set among ultramodern decay. The first issue is slated for stores on November 15. Read more at

Canadian Government supports Canadian comics at 2024 Angoulême International Comics Festival
Canadian Heritage issued a press release that promoted support for Canada’s participation in the 2024 Angoulême International Comics Festival. This French festival is one of the world’s leading events dedicated to comics will be held from January 24 to 28, 2024. Read more at

Canadian publisher to work with Batman products for new line of Stan Lee comics
CBC Books reported that Batman movie product Michael Aslan will develop 12 new comic book series from Stan Lee with Canadian ePublisher Legible. Work will begin soon on the series from Legible that creates ‘living comics’ are eBooks created by integrating video, audio and graphics. Read more at

Fall reading features include 20 Canadian comic books and graphic novels
CBC Books published a list of 20 Canadian comic books and graphic novels for your reading pleasure this fall. The list includes:
Pup and Dragon: How to Catch an Elf written by Alice Walstead and illustrated by Paul Gill from Sourcebooks
– Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Christopher Steininger from HarperCollins
– 8 Tiny Reindeer by Robert Tinkler illustrated by Danesh Mohiuddin from KidsCan Press
Alice of Spades by Chase Kantor illustrated by Tiffany Tate & Christopher Peterson from Renegades Arts Entertainment
A Girl Called Echo: Omnibus by katherena vermette and illustrated by Scott B. Henderson from Highwater Press
– Roaming by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki from Drawn & Quarterly
What’s Fear Got to Do With It? by Ivana Filipovich from Conundrum Press
– Bar Delicious by Blaise Moritz from Conundrum Press
– Butterfly Wings by Samuel Larochelle, illustrated by Eve Patenaude and translated by Arielle Aaronson from Greystone Kids
– Mall Goth by Kate Leth from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
– Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks from First Second
– Lost Time by Tas Mukanik from Razorbill
– Are You Willing to Die for the Cause? by Chris Oliveros from Drawn & Quarterly
– One in a Million by Claire Lordon from Candlewick Press
– The Great Beyond by Léa Murawiec, illustrated and translated by Aleshia Jensen from Drawn & Quarterly
– PAWS: Priya Puts Herself First by Nathan Fairbairn and illustrated by Michele Assarasakorn from Razorbill
– Bad Medicine by Christopher Twin from Emanata
– Burning Cold by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Richard Van Camp from Inhabit Education Books
– The Secret of the Ravens by Joanna Cacao from Clarion Books
– Hot to Trot by Veronica Post from Conundrum Press

True North Country Comics Podcast reports from FAN EXPO Canada 2023
In case you missed it, True North Country Comics Podcast visited FAN EXPO Canada 2023 in Toronto and chatted up many comic book creators and supporters. Discover more at

Interview with Cecil Castellucci
And if you haven’t checked it out already, please listen to the podcast interview with Cecil Castellucci from this past week. The discussion includes Cecil’s comic book and graphic novel projects, her recent panel appearances at San Diego Comic Con, her insight into the current Hollywood strikes, plus her thoughts on AI’s impact on comic book creation. Check it out at

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