Item! Cartoonist Mark Beaudet is one of the employees who have been locked out from their jobs at Quebecor’s Le Journal de Montréal for just over two years. I’m not sure what is more alarming, that Beaudet suffered internal bleeding after losing his job or that he claims there are only four fulltime staff cartoonists employed by newspapers in the province of Quebec.
Item! I didn’t report on this when it broke last fall but Hachette’s Yen Press will be publishing a manga version of James Patterson’s bestselling Witch and Wizard young adult novels, illustrated by Canada’s own Svetlana Chmakova. The book is due September 2011, but you can see a preview now.
Item! Ty Templeton talks to the U of T’s Natalie Cooper at The Varsity about the history of comics.
Item! Confessional Comics by Jewish Women exhibit comes to Toronto.
Item! Day 3 of the Drawn and Quarterly experience at the Angouleme festival, featuring a ton of cartoonists, other Canadian publishers, and much more.
Item! In TCAF news, Natsume Ono is the latest announced headliner, and Koyama Press will debut Lose #3 by Michael DeForge and Monster Party by Chris Eliopoulos.
Item! Here’s something you don’t hear from a lot of cartoonists. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Camilla D’Errico has a new line of jewelry.
Item! Faith Erin Hicks on how she started reading comics. Plus, did you know you could get a grant in Canada to work as a superhero?