News – Saturday, September 16, 2023

Here’s the news about Canadian comic book and graphic novel creators of the week for Saturday, September 16, 2023.

TCAF 2024 application info unveiled
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will return in-person to the Toronto Reference Library from May 11 – 12 , 2024 with an online festival slated to run from May 3 to 24, 2024. Applications to exhibit are open now until October 20. Notifications will be made in early December. More details are available here

Canadians recognized as 2023 Ringo Award Winners
Multiversity Comics reported on the seventh annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry awards. Kate Beaton won as Best Cartoonist and Best Non-Fiction Comic Work for Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands while the late Darwyn Cooke was recognized in Best Presentation in Design for Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition. Read more at

Swim Team racks up more nominations
On his Instagram feed, Johnnie Christmas announced that his graphic novel Swim Team has been nominated for the Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award. This multi-awarding title has already been praised with the title of Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and Harvey Award Children’s or Young Adult Book Nominee. Read more at

Roaming in discussion
NPR published a podcast interview with Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki about their new graphic novel Roaming. The discussion entails their collaboration plus setting New York City as the backdrop for the story. Read more at

Canadians win at 2023 Ignatz Awards
Multiversity Comics announced winners of the 2023 Ignatz Awards including:
– Allison O’Toole for Outstanding Anthology for Shades of Fear
– Kate Beaton for Outstanding Graphic Novel for Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands

Curt Pires lays out new series for ComiXology interviewed Curt Pires about three new series in development for ComiXology. Money, Simulation Theory and Lost Falls are all currently being published for digital readers. Read more at

Revisiting Canada’s Silver Age period of comics
Comic Book Daily published an article about the end of the silver age of comics in Canada with a focus on The Men in Black, Core and Encore. Many notable Canadian comic book creators are mentioned in the piece about a time few talk about today. Read more at

Kickstarter campaign for Stay Cool combines revenge and spontaneous combustion
Adriano Arignello announced the Kickstarter campaign to promote Stay Cool. The 24-page one-shot comic book, nominated as a ‘Project We Love’ by Kickstarter’, centres around a story that combines revenge and spontaneous combustion. Read more at

Canadian creators on the roster for new Batman and Scooby-Doo series
Comics Beat reported that both J. Torres and Megan Huang will be among the many creators signed up for the new series of The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries. Set to hit stands on January 2, 2024, the ongoing series will see a variety of Gotham favourites among the many mysteries to be solved. Read more at

And if you missed it, go back and listen to the podcast interview with award-winning and critically acclaimed Canadian cartoonist Seth as he talks about his new graphic novel Palookaville 24. Here’s the link

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