Yes, big news indeed! Snow, the feature film based on my graphic novel of the same title, is available for pre-order right here!
Watch that delicious trailer and see the film in action. It’s real, and it’s coming very soon!
For the first 90 days of the film’s release, 100% of the money made goes to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Double-awesome.
Another year, another FanExpo! This was probably my sixteenth (?) time attending the convention, but only the second time attending as a plain ol’ fan. I went with my best friend to soak in the sights, sounds and (ugh) smells of Canada’s largest comic convention.
Highlights: having comic legend Neal Adams randomly strike up a conversation with us about pulled pork, meeting Geof Darrow, seeing the Twin Peaks reunion panel, and then being freaked the shit out by Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at a special screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. (It was my first time seeing the film; holy moley!)
Over two days I did a lot of bin-digging, and my friend and I cruised every aisle and every comic retailer multiple times, looking for hidden gems and random works. This is always my favourite part—I’m one of those weirdos who actually attends comic book conventions to buy comic books. Crazy, I know.
I made sure to hit up Artists Alley and get some indie books from the few people who still soldier on with that, as well as meet some students of mine. All in all, good times!
You remember that little book I did, Snow? The one I won’t shut up about? The one that’s now a movie? Well, crikey, it’s going to a second printing!
To celebrate the impending launch of the Snow movie, I’m printing up a second, special batch of books—with an all-new cover, brand-new bonus materials and even some new artwork.
I’ll let you know as soon as these become available, but for now, take a look at the process from pencils to inks to colour!
TOWERKIND has been nominated for a 2014 Ignatz Award for outstanding series. I always find incredible new creators through the Ignatz nominations, so please check out that list!
I’m also exceptionally pleased to announce that TOWERKIND will be collected as a complete book, published through Conundrum Press, to debut at TCAF 2015.
My thanks go to the judges: Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.
Ignatz Awards are voted for by the attendees of SPX on Saturday, September the 13th. Towerkind is a 160 page story about the kids of St. James Town, a hamlet of high-rises within the city of Toronto, their subtle powers, and the oppressive warning hinted at by birds and bugs, felt in their bones.
You can buy the collected issues of Towerkind on my storenvy - there’s only a few of these single issue collections left, and I won’t be reprinting.
If you’re an SPX exhibitor interested in reading TOWERKIND please send me an email and I will send you a PDF! firstname.lastname@example.org
Kat used to be a student of mine so I was tinkled pink to hear her collected series, Towerkind, got nominated for an Ignatz award! She’ll be debuting the collected book at TCAF 2015 with conundrumpresscanada as her publisher. Exciting stuff!
Chilly Tales: Comics From the Canadian Undertundra
The original pages for Snow are kept in comic page presentation portfolios, and are stored in a dark, dry place, guarded by a snoring old cat, in case they are one day worth a million dollars.
They are stored alongside the original scripts and thumbnail layouts, as well as a few unused pages. This stack of 140+ pages is surprisingly heavy!
This weekend in lovely Nova Scotia…
We’re super jazzed to be heading out to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia this weekend to partake in DCAF 2014. It’s our first time hawking our wares on the East Coast and we’re looking forward to meeting some new people. More info at their website, including the full lineup.
Comics cohort (and Das Hobak co-conspirator) Matthew Daley is going to be selling his wares at the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival tomorrow, August 17! Go say hi and stroke his magnificent beard!
I’m teaching kids to make comics at Book Camp London
In association with Investing In Children’s Book Camp London, I’m giving a workshop to 10–15-year-olds on making comics easily.
In this activity workshop, I help kids break down the art of making comics into a few easy stages—an idea, a setting, and a problem to solve—and together we make a four-panel story.
Here’s the goofy example I’m showing them to get them started:
I’m sure the attendees will come up with some terrific tales.
Did you know Snow made a splash in Japan?
Okay, maybe it was more of a wee ripple, but still! In 2012, I returned to Tokyo with my wife—this time, however, the motive wasn’t vacation, it was comics! Along with the fine gentlemen who run The Beguiling and TCAF here in Toronto, I joined several other Canadian comics artists to ply our wares at Comitia in Tokyo.
Comitia is a much more interesting version of Comiket—Japan’s biggest comics convention—where all the creators are independent, all the work is required to be original (no doujin), and cosplayers are not allowed.
It happens a few times a year, and by my count there were over 1,800 exhibitors at our show alone! You can see in the panorama above one-fifth of the show before attendees even arrived. It was huge!
I have the benefit of being able to speak conversational Japanese, so I did my best to engage attendees and sell books. Despite selling a 170+ page book entirely in English, I was surprised to see a decent amount of interest from local comics-buyers.
After the show, we got to exhibit our works at Shibuya PARCO (it’s a department store with many levels and a book store below-ground). You’ll see the lovelovehill girls here doing a reading of one of their books, and all of our works displayed in the store.
It was a damn fine time!
> Read about Snow or buy it digitally here
> Check out the Snow feature film, due fall 2014
Final inks for this new Snow promotional image.
(Update: added a proper scan.)