News and reviews from the Canadian comics world.
Item! A nice magazine profile of woodcut novelist George A. Walker. Walker recently published his 9/11 graphic novel Book of Hours and his MA thesis, The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, is due from Porcupine’s Quill in 2012.
Item! The Winnipeg Free Press profiles Ottawa-based Christian cartoonist Cuyler , whose work is described as “The Far Side meets the Bible.”
Item! Lost Canadian comic strip classics: “Suzie Saint Marie” by Craig Huckerby.
Item! A new Canadian comedy debuts on Showcase tv Thursday June 2. “Almost Heroes” chronicles the adventures of two Odd Couple-style brothers who who are forced to work together to save the comic book shop they inherited from their father. A Canuck Big Bang Theory, perhaps? Starring Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica) and Ryan Belleville (Life on a Stick).
Item! The CBC interviews David Alexander Robertson, the writer behind “The Pact” the final episode of the graphic-novel series “7 Generations” (illustrated by Scott B. Henderson), chronicling 7 generations of the family of a First Nations Residential School survivor.
Item! Writing for New Brunswick’s Telegraph-Journal, Mike Landry reviews Phillipe Girard’s Killing Velasquez (Conundrum).
Item! The Calgary Herald interviews writer James Davidge about his book Thirteen Minutes, a tale of “eugenics, Dadaism and hockey.”
Item! Both D+Q and John Porcellino have photo blogs of Porcellino’s visit with Chester Brown, the Monastiraki Boutique, and more last week in Montreal.
Item! Do we need a Geek Pride Day? Shelley Smarz thinks so.
Item! Matt Forsythe has a new kids book out. (via D+Q blog)