poaching some news links from our facebook page:
Item! I love this photo of Michel Rabagliati, Nina Bunjevac and our own Salgood Sam hanging out at Expozine. (photo credit Andy Brown from Conundrum)
Item! From Lakehead University’s journalists Stephanie Simko and Alicia Alves comes news of Thunder Bay’s first graphic novel (well, the first since my own 8-year-old self’s 100-page masterpiece “The Adventures of Poly-Man” in 1978). Entitled Nowadays, the zombie graphic novel is the creation of local author Kurt Martell and illustrator Christ Merkley: “The zombies in Nowadays thirst for blood instead of brains. Connecting the dots between consuming brains and drinking blood was a concept Martell gained interest in while reading Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Martell drew on a particular instance in which the novel’s main character, Louis de Pointe du Lac, comes across a blood-drinking zombie in Eastern Europe. “The zombie is described but Rice never followed up on it. I was fascinated by the idea of a zombie who is like a vampire, who drinks blood and gets stronger and more human.””
Item! Michèle Laframboise has photos of cartoonists from the recently completed book fair, the Montreal Salon du Livre (via facebook).
Item! St. John’s cartoonist Jennifer Morgan’s “Almost Home: The Sinking of the SS Caribou” is published by Breakwater Books, and is a work of non-fiction for young readers. As The Telegram reports: Morgan’s great-grandfather, Thomas Moyst, was the second engineer on the Caribou. It was his 66th birthday and he was working his last shift before retirement when he was killed. “He wasn’t killed by the explosion. We know that he made it to the deck, and we even know that he made it to one of the lifeboats, because it’s reported in the Newfoundland Railway report on the story,” Morgan explains. “The really sad thing was that it was his birthday. His birthday cake was waiting for him, and he’d bought prizes and little presents for his guests. This was the heartbreaking thing that my Uncle Ralph remembered: showing up at his house to pick up his father’s body, and there was this cake and these gifts. It made a historical, factual story into a story of family and loss. He’s not a statistic. He’s a real person.”
Item! Quebec publisher Front Froid has a trailer up for their latest graphic novel in the Anticyclone line. The bd is “La Petite Révolution” by the cartoonist Boum. Go watch.