I’m trying to be sparing about posting kickstarters, but this one’s very close to success and with less than 48 hours to go it needs a few fans to put it over the top. Salgood Sam, author of Shuster Award nominee Dream Life is putting together a new project with writer Mark Sable to tell the origin story of Vlad the Impaler in Dracula: Son Of The Dragon. It’s a very ambitious project, and there’s some really remarkable art available as part of the kickstarter, so take a look and support a cool comic.
Some amazing Canadian comic talent has assembled to create TRUE PATRIOT, an anthology of unmistakably Canadian content. Amongst the fellowship are:
Adrian Alphona (Runaways), Andy B. (Kill Shakespeare), J. Bone (Super Friends), Jack Briglio (Scooby Doo), Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Agnes Garbowska (Girl Comics), Faith Erin Hicks (Adventure Time), Tim Levins (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Ramon Perez (A Tale of Sand), Ron Salas (28 Days Later), Jay Stephens (Secret Saturdays), J. Torres (Teen Titans Go), Howard Wong (After the Cape).
They need your help! There’s a campaign running at Indiegogo to get financing, and there’s only four days left to get them to their goal! It looks like it’ll be a fantastic book, so get on board and help this get made.
Just a reminder to set aside a few hours for Canzine Toronto this Sunday! You’re extremely likely to find a future Gene Day Award winner at the show, and it’s a great opportunity to meet our best indie cartoonists before they get “discovered”. Lots of great panels as well, check out the full breakdown at Broken Pencil.
Are you crafting your masterpiece? Have you made yours already, and are looking for some money to get you through your next? You should probably apply for a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Here’s the program description from the site:
The Grants for Professional Writers program covers subsistence, project and travel expenses. The Creative Writing Grants component gives Canadian authors (emerging, mid-career and established) time to write new literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, children’s and young adults’ literature, graphic novels, exploratory writing and literary non-fiction.
Exploratory writing is writing that uses technology to present literature in an innovative manner and (or) explores forms of literature outside the conventions of the novel, short story or poem.
Can’t hurt to apply! Grants range from $3,000 to $25,000. Deadline is coming up on October 1, so get your pens a-wagglin’. Head to the Canada Council for the Arts website for more info.
Here’s another great project that needs your help! Little Heart is a comics anthology created to show support for marriage equality. It was initially created to raise awareness of a coming referendum in Minnesota, but it’s spread much wider. It also happens to feature JSA winner Emily Carroll and her fiancee Kate Craig, as well as many other great artists, plus a forward written by TCAF co-founder Christopher Butcher. The campaign is doing quite well so far but needs all the support it can get. Head over to Kickstarter to donate!
I’m a big fan of crowdsourced comics, and here’s a chance to help out a JSA nominee! Ed Brisson’s fantastic Murder Book series has already had two issues published, and now Volume 3 is coming out in March. You can help out for $7 and get a fresh, signed copy when it’s printed, shipping included! Or even better, throw in a few dollars more and you can get the back issues of Murder Book as well as Ed’s amazing Acts Of Violence anthology. It’s a great way to get money directly to the creators. Check it out at Indie Go-Go and choose your level of support.
You may not have known it, but February 1 was Hourly Comic Day! This started officially last year, curated by the brilliant John Campbell, creator of Pictures For Sad Children. This year saw over 200 participants, and several Canadians joined in on the fun. The rules are simple: chronicle each hour of your day with a comic. There’s some great insights on the creative process here, and lots of cathartic venting as well. It’s a fascinating exercise, and well worth looking into. The whole forum is available here, but here’s a few of the Canadians who participated!
The Trinity College Comedy Collective will be interviewing Ryan North (DINOSAUR COMICS, MACHINE OF DEATH) and Joey Comeau (A SOFTER WORLD) live this Tuesday evening at Trinity College, Toronto. Should be a great evening, both these gentlemen make for great conversation. And there are prizes too! More info at the TCCC facebook event page.
It’s been a long, long time coming, but I’ve finally completed the update for our list of Canadian Webcomics. Thanks to everyone who’s been sending links, rest assured that future updates will be far more immediate. There’s some phenomenal work in there from great Canadian artists and writers. If you’re Canadian and have a webcomic or are a fan of one that’s not on the list already, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll update accordingly. Enjoy!
Kate Beaton has been blowin’ up with the release of her Hark! A Vagrant collection, which debuted at number one on the New York Times Graphic Novel chart! Her interview in the Onion’s AV Club is surprisingly in-depth, and is a must read for any fan.
The 52 Reboot is still drawing press, this time the Toronto Star is profiling three local talents, Francis Manapul, Jeff Lemire, and Ken Lashley! Congrats on the article, gentlemen!
Are you in Saskatoon? Craving some culture? Then head over to Amazing Stories Comics and join them for the Saskatoon launch party for DONE TO DEATH, a collaboration between Shuster Winner Fiona Staples and Andrew Foley, writer of COWBOYS & ALIENS! Fiona & Andrew will be signing copies! The event runs from 3-8 PM, and there’s an after party at Earls in the Rhino Room. Get you some!
Done To Death:
Fed up with receiving poorly written Twilight knockoffs, editor Shannon Wade did what any reasonable person would: she started killing the worst of the would-be authors sending them to her. Meanwhile, Andy, a stuttering, overweight vampire has targeted those who portray vampires in a light he deems unrealistic. Not exactly novel but terribly graphic, Done To Death follows Andy and Shannon’s paths towards a collision as darkly funny as it is ridiculously violent.
Additional information at http://www.amazingstoriescomics.com/?p=2574