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!
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!
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.)
Quick in-progress shot for a new promotional image for Snow.
I would say TCAF was a resounding success. Not only did I sell out completely of the first printing of Snow, I noticed a lot of interest in the film!
Speaking of which, our panel went well, and showing off the first clip of the movie was really satisfying. Thank you to everyone who came out!
Finally, it was an honour to be on a horror panel with industry heavyweights like Ed Brubaker and cameron-stewart. I’m sure no one was there for yours truly, but I shot my mouth off anyway. :-)
Yes, it’s true! The director, lead actors and I will be hosting a special presentation at this year’s TCAF right here in Toronto.
We’ll be talking about turning the book into a movie, and we’ll be showing off the first public clip of the film! You won’t see this again until the film is released, so come on out!
No registration required; event is totally free. Here are details on Facebook.
Snow is now available on ComiXology!
Written by: Benjamin Rivers
Art by: Benjamin Rivers
What do you do when your whole world turns upside down?
Dana is a woman who doesn’t deal well with confrontation. She likes her job, her friends, and the cozy comfort of her neighbourhood — Toronto’s own Queen Street West. But when the world forces her to stand up, will she be able to handle it?
SNOW is a unique graphic novel entirely set in Toronto’s Queen Street West neighbourhood. It was nominated for a 2010 Gene Day Award and was awarded a Xeric Foundation grant in 2011.
It’s official: Snow has arrived from the printer, and it is glorious!
SNOW for your iPad and eReader is coming… soon!