Some quick items.

Item: Writer Richard Poplak and artist Nick Marinkovich are the creative team behind Kenk: A Graphic Portrait, May 2010 from Pop Sandbox press. Poplak is interviewed by Peter Scowen here for the Globe Books “In Other Words” blog. The book is about convicted bike thief and dealer Igor Kenk. Marinkovich is also illustrating a graphic memoir about the residential schools system by Nadia McLaren. In case you were wondering, Pop Sandbox is a new Toronto-based boutique publisher and their logo was designed by Seth.

Item: Kevin Boyd profiles Eric Kim.

Item: I missed it, but 2010 is going to be Scott Chantler’s year. The Waterloo-based cartoonist has 2 new books out and his Northwest Passage graphic novel gets the softcover treatment in a new edition from Oni.

Item: Darwyn Cooke’s Parker graphic novel has been awarded the 2009 Best Original Graphic Novel Prize by Diamond’s Gem Awards.

Item: The first Wizard Toronto Comic Con event takes place March 26-28.