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Adam Gorham is a comic book artist on such titles as TMNT Universe, Jughead: The Hunger, James Bond 007, Power Rangers, Marvel's Contagion and Rocket (starring Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy). He is currently drawing Punk Mambo for Valiant. Adam was born in Perth, Ontario but was raised in Mississauga, Ontario and still makes his home there now with his family. On the podcast, Adam goes through his long, strange trip from art school drop-out and disgruntled grocery store warehouse employee to working for major comic companies like Marvel, Image and Valiant. This includes finding his first gig as a comic artist on Craigslist, working with Toronto radio personality “Fearless” Fred Kennedy on Fred's self-published, three volume indie book Teuton, and eventually breaking out as the artist on The Violent, a creator-owned gritty crime book published by Image and written by Ghost Rider and Old Man Logan scribe Ed Brisson. Aaron also gets Adam's take on the New Mutants trailer since he worked on New Mutants: Dead Souls with writer Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk Into a Bank) which was the book that was likely going to launch as the movie came out before the film got delayed. Adam also tells a wild story about randomly discovering his letter envelope art in a Wizard Magazine years after the fact. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula and Bam Coffee Co. If you want 15% off your next Bam Box of coffee and geek swag, including prints and a limited edition mug, use code SB15 at checkout. @AdamTGorham on Instagram @AdamTGorham on Twitter Adam's Portfolio Adam's Princely Dreadful Blog Buy Adam's original art Buy Adam's TMNT sketchcovers or Inktober sketches Adam's Modern Mythology Original Art Page Adam's page on Marvel.com Sponsors Hairy Tarantula Bam Coffee Co.
As part owner of Comic 1 Books in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Casey Parsons in one of the few artists who can say he has actually sold a comic book he worked on in his own store. Classically trained in art at Sheridan College but disillusioned by the business, it took him until his 40s to really embrace comics as his chosen art form – always reading as fan, but never creating them -- until now. Now, he's figuring out how to balance comic book mechanics with a fine art look, a marriage he showcased as one of the founding artists on Cauldron Magazine. Newly launched in September 2018, Cauldron is the first Canadian-made, adults-only, fantasy and horror anthology magazine in the spirit of Heavy Metal, Creepy, Eerie and Sword of Conan. Casey's art is featured on a cover that has three stories from Casey and past Speech Bubble guests Ricky Lima, Sam Noir and Shane Heron, all of whom do nothing but sing Casey's praises. Aaron and Casey discuss how Cauldron came to be, the connection Casey's other project Blood Moon has with the late zombie godfather George A. Romero and what every fan doesn't really know about running a comic shop. The Artwork of Casey Parsons Casey's Portfolio @caseyarts77 on Instagram Comic 1 Books Cauldron Kickstarter - Expired Blood Moon #1 Kickstarter - Expired Sponsor Hairy Tarantula Coupon Codes Enter these codes at checkout when you shop online and we'll get some money to support the podcast. Geeky t-shirts – Riptapparel.com – 10% OFF – NEVERSLEEPS Last minute gifts – Giftagram.com -- $15 OFF -- NEVERSLEEPS15
It's our first ever clip show live from a back storeroom inside Paradise Comics at Yonge and Lawrence during a very special fundraiser. Sketches for Pledges was organized by past Speech Bubble guest Shane Kirshenblatt to benefit The Canadian Cancer Society in honor of the legendary Toronto born comic artist Darwyn Cooke (Batman: Ego, Justice League: The New Frontier) and, friend of the Toronto comics community, Brendan Yapp. Local artists including the three guests on this show -- Steve Bynoe, Jason Roussel and Nik Zezos -- raised $3297.20 -- by sketching for a very generous public. Now, listen as they discuss everything from their latest projects to their artistic style and how they too were touched by cancer as we follow their efforts to break in to the comic industry as part of this fundraiser and beyond. This podcast sponsored by our friends at Hairy Tarantula. Steve Bynoe Instagram Twitter Facebook latest comic book - Chronokari Alpha Website Instagram Editorial director of Comix Asylum Website Instagram Twitter Youtube Facebook Jason Roussel Facebook Instagram Nik Zezos Instagram Facebook Sponsors Hairy Tarantula Coupon Codes Enter these codes at checkout when you shop online and we'll get some money to support the podcast. Geeky t-shirts – Riptapparel.com – 10% OFF – NEVERSLEEPS Last minute gifts – Giftagram.com -- $15 OFF -- NEVERSLEEPS15
This time we're blessed to have a cartoonist laureate on the show. Fom Burlington, Vermont best known for his daily autobiographical strips between 1998-2012 called American Elf. He also publishes the superhero frathouse comedy Super F*ckers which was adapted into a cartoon on the online channel Cartoon Hangover. He has also created Monkey vs. Robot and a number of other comic series for kids, including Dragon Puncher and the Johnny Boo series. He's also a darling of college radio fronting his own alternative punk band James Kochalka Superstar. Aaron caught up to him at The Toronto Cartoon Art Festival TCAF where he debuted the latest Johnny Boo, Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer and Mechaboys - a NSFW comic featuring two teenage boys who plot to kill everyone in their school with a mechsuit. In an extremely candid interview, Kochalka reveals that as teens, he and his friends used to be those kids, fantasizing about killing everyone in the sleepy, dead-end town they grew up in. James also talks about how his childhood anxiety meant only rediscovering superhero comics in his 40s and throws down the gauntlet to any kid who thinks they can make up a better kids comic than he can. Plus, if Ben and Jerry are listening to this, we want to know which one of you gave James a hug. @the_kochalka Mechaboys Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer: Jame's Music YouTube Channel: James supports Zeno Mountain Farm - a summer camp for aspiring filmmakers with disabilities
In 2005, former Speech Bubble guest and legendary Canadian cartoonist Seth wrote an appreciation of Chris Reynolds' work in The Comics Journal calling him, “The most underrated artist of the last 20 years.” Prior to that essay, Reynolds' distinct heavy black and white cartooning style and indescribably bizarre, but also greatly nostalgic and reminiscent stories remained in relative obscurity as he toiled on them from across the pond in the UK. Now, thanks to a May 2018 reissue of his work in a beautiful graphic novel from the New York Review of Comics designed by Seth himself, North America will finally get to experience the melancholy of Reynolds' Mauretania Comics. Called The New World: Comics from Mauretania, it's the complete collection of Reynolds' work that began in the 1980s and features some of the greatest touchstones from that world, including The Monitor, Cinema Detectives and Rational Control. Mauretania looks a lot like the English countryside of our world, but in the background it appears there's been a subtle alien invasion that's perhaps is causing people to disappear from photos, buildings to suddenly disappear and people that have previously died to come back to life. But the comics are not really about the plot, but the feelings they evoke in the people who read them. On the podcast, Chris tells us that his work is a response to the changes in life: the moving to a new city, the passing of a loved one and the journey to a new place and reconciling his past with his present. He also frustrates Aaron to know end by letting him know the most bizarre elements of the work serve the story first and there's no over-arching conspiracy. Seth's appreciation of Chris Reynold's work that originally appeared in The Comics Journal The official home of Mauretania Buy The New World from The New York Review of Comics @NYRcomics @nyrcomics A celebration of Chris Reynolds from The Comic Book Evangelist Sponsors Hairy Tarantula Coupon Codes Enter these codes at checkout when you shop online and we'll get some money to support the podcast. Geeky t-shirts – Riptapparel.com – 10% OFF – NEVERSLEEPS Last minute gifts – Giftagram.com -- $15 OFF -- NEVERSLEEPS15
Andrew is a comic book writer, podcast host and former Eisner award-winning comic industry journalist who came to Toronto by way of Hastings, England. He was the last editor-in-chief of Comics Alliance, shepherding it towards its 2015 Eisner win for “Best Comics Journalism.” As part of the LGBTQ community, Andrew has always championed representation for all minorities in all of his comics work, starting with Another Castle from Oni Press and continuing with his current work on Freelance from Chapterhouse Comics. Formerly co-written with Jim Zub, (Wayward, Avengers: No Surrender) Freelance re-imagines Canada's oldest superhero swashbuckler as a same-sex love triangle. In studio, Andrew talks about why attracting a diverse readership is integral to the health of the comic book industry as a whole, what creative considerations need to be made when writing a same-sex relationship, as opposed to a hetero one and later he breaks down some of his favourite 2017 Oscar nominees telling listeners what worked narratively-speaking, just like his podcast Story Beater, which he hosts with fellow comic scribe and past Speech Bubble guest Anthony Falcone. This podcast is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula Also, please join Speech Bubble host Aaron Broverman at Sketches for Pledges in support of cancer research at Paradise Comics on April 21, 2018 from 10am-6pm. Go to Riptapparel.com and enter NEVERSLEEPS at checkout for 10% off geektastic t-shirts. Andrew's About.me Andrew's website @Wheeler Freelance Another Castle Andrew's Story in Osgoode as Gold is called Cenotaph Read Andrew's New YA Novel For Free! Andrew's D&D podcast DM'ed by Jim Zub Story Beater co-hosted with Anthony Falcone Valentin and the Widow Andrew's Comics Alliance Archive Sponsors Hairy Tarantula Please join Speech Bubble for Sketches for Pledges at Paradise Comics April 21, 2018
Hey, Fan Persons! In another installment of our Comics on Comics series, Steve Kerzner is the creative force and executive producer behind the big personality that is Ed the Sock. Children of the 1990s to mid 2000s will remember Ed as the acerbic and outspoken puppet hosting programs on MuchMusic like Fromage - his annual take down of pop culture and Ed and Red's Night Party, his late-night show with co-host and co-creator Liana K on CityTV. Steve comes to Speech Bubble to let his geek flag fly, revealing that his house is decked out with all kinds of comic book memorabilia and his wedding band is the jewel encrusted crest of his favourite hero – Superman. He talks about the opportunity Ed gave him to meet his heroes including Stan Lee – who he pitched a comic about his superhuman childhood cleaning lady. We also talk about why, for him, DC heroes are heroes thanks to the purity of their morality and why the moral ambiguity of the largely failed DCEU doesn't work for him. Plus, here the true story of how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog ripped him off, his take on the #MeToo and “Cosplay is not Consent” movements and the genesis of the new YouTube show Ed the Sock Lives! This episode sponsored by Hairy Tarantula. @stevenjkerzner Stephen & Steven Talk Politics podcast Steven Kerzner on IMDB @EdtheSock EdtheSock.com FU Network Fan Page Ed the Sock Lives! (Ed's new show on YouTube) Ed the Sock webstagram Episode Sponsor: Hairy Tarantula
Born in Toronto, grew up in Oshawa and now living in Kelowna, B.C., Marvel writer Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan, Iron Fist) regales us with his 18-year odyssey trying to break into comics. Even after he seemingly broke in with The Comeback for Image Comics, there was still a period where he was being rent-evicted from his home in Vancouver, all his comics work had basically dried up and he was mere moments away from taking on a full-time job before Marvel offered him a solo title starring the Daredevil villain Bullseye. Thankfully he hasn't looked back since, but his harrowing experience with Vancouver real estate inspired the Vancouver-centric noir, The Violent, which exposes the seedy underbelly of a city on many top ten destination lists. Recorded on location from The Pan Pacific Hotel during Fan Expo Vancouver, Brisson discusses the pressure of taking over Old Man Logan from Jeff Lemire and what speaks to him about an older Wolverine. He also talks about how his dad's position as a karate teacher and Shaw Brothers Kung Fu movies influenced his run on Iron Fist. Episode Sponsored by Hairy Tarantula Ed Brisson's website @edbrisson Ed Brisson's Instagram Fan Expo Vancouver Vancouver Comic Con The Violent Old Man Logan Iron Fist The Ballad of Sang Episode Sponsor: Hairy Tarantula
Malcolm Derikx aka Miike and Todd Sullivan met as classmates at Ty Templeton's Comic Book Bootcamp. Both fans of old gangster movies and noir, they always wanted to work together, but other projects got in the way. Malcolm helped found the Toronto Comics Anthology and Hogtown Horror and Todd was teaching animation as a former animator on Tiny Toon Adventures and Darkwing Duck. Eventually they did come together for a gangster romp called Tommy Gun Banshee featuring an assassin named Nicky who is haunted by a whaling banshee who can only be drowned out by the Rat-tat-tat of his Tommy Gun. The two come to Speech Bubble to pimp their Kickstarter for the project and geek out over how war always seems to spawn a criminal element throughout history. Tommy Gun Banshee Kickstarter @MiikeSomething @ToddSullivanArt artoftoddsullivan.blogspot.ca Toronto Comics Anthology Hogtown Horror
Sarafin is the writer and artist behind the independent webcomic and graphic novel series Asylum Squad. The fictional story is very loosely inspired by Sarafin’s own experiences during a year an in-patient facility where she was receiving treatment for mental illness and follows four teenage patients drafted into an experimental drug trial that allows them to battle their inner demons like a psychiatric Justice League. This episode delves into what lead to Sarafin being institutionalized and why she began her comic as an outlet for what she was experiencing. We also explain the Mad Pride movement and why Sara considers herself a mad-identified person as an unintentional celebrity within that community. You will also learn why those who’ve gone through the mental health system often have a problem with Bell Let’s Talk Day – a mental health awareness day and fundraiser spearheaded by one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula. @Asylum_Squad The Asylum Squad Webcomic Buy Asylum Squad Graphic Novels Asylum Squad Facebook Page Asylum Squad: Code White (The Asylum Squad Video Game) Carl Jung’s Shadow Self (inspiration for Asylum Squad: Jung Ones) Episode Sponsor: Hairy Tarantula
Ad Astra Comix is a Canadian comics publisher specializing in comics with social justice themes. It was a mission first ignited in founder Nicole Marie Burton while reading the pulitzer-prize winning holocaust graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman way back in elementary school and hasn’t really stopped since. The latest books in her slate include a republishing of War in the Neighbourhood by Seth Tobocman and the anthology Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back! She comes to us while on a roadtrip across Canada meeting with shop owners about how they can better engage their customers towards comics dealing with social justice issues. To that end, we talk about diversity in comics, the power of comics journalism and how comics fandom is very much a political microcosm of our own society.
Brampton, Ontario’s own Ricky Lima went from comic retailer to comic writer after being exposed to many seminal works in the medium. It was quickly evident that writing comics was his true calling after creating graphic novel Deep Sea with D.A. Bishop and ongoing series Black Hole Hunters Club with Shane Heron. But even though his latest effort, Happily Ever Aftr, was funded in only six days on Kickstarter, he suffers from an inferiority complex – struggling with the confidence to take popular projects to larger publishers. He opens up in studio about his successes, his anxieties and the debt he put himself in to get his latest project off the ground.
Meaghan Carter’s love of manga and anime informs all of the webcomics she does. Take Off features fantastical creatures working together with their human partners like Digimon or Pokemon. In a way, Godslave is the same, but the relationship is a master-student dynamic, like the ninja schools of Naruto, with a lot of Egyptian history informing the narrative. It’s no wonder the strips have garnered her enough of a cult following to earn her a gig as the new colourist on The Pitiful Human-Lizard. She breaks down the role of a colourist, why you need an insane work ethic to even make it into comics and why her belief in ghosts and the afterlife will probably be a major component of her next project.
Comic artist Marcus To (Red Robin, New Warriors, Batwing, Soulfire and Hacktivist) stops by to discuss Joyride, his first creator-owned project, published by Boom Studios. He reveals how the story of a girl who steals a spaceship to escape an oppressive earth was informed by his mother’s escape from China during the Cultural Revolution and his own friendly rivalry with his brother. He also drops knowledge on what it takes to break into mainstream comics, tells us what influences the youthful drawing style he’s known for and why actress Alyssa Milano (Who’s the Boss?) is one of his admired collaborators. Follow him @marcusto
After opening the show with a tribute to Darwyn Cooke, (1962-2016) local Toronto indie comic talent David “D.A.” Bishop (@Renerd) drops by to talk about his ongoing fantasy title, Of Stone (available digitally from Comixology). The series follows Gan, the ogre king, as he wrestles with a secret that can change the fate of his people. We also talk Alan Moore’s now classic run on Swamp Thing and how that, and The Walking Dead, reawakened a long dormant artistic talent within him. Bishop is a classically trained painter who loved comics as a child and tried to bury his former life as an artist. But after years languishing in various jobs and careers, he finally threw himself into what ended up being the fraught compulsion of making his own comics. Other comics of his include Squirrels, Stranger and “Curly Plays the Rex” in The Toronto Comics Anthology Vol. 3. renerd.com
The former manager of Dragon Lady Comics and The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery shatters the myths of the comic book geek.
Artist Jason Loo talks The Pitiful Human Lizard — his hit independent comic featuring Toronto’s not-so-super hero.
Kevin Boyd is an integral builder of Toronto’s comic book community. He is now the Comics Programming Coordinator for Fan Expo Canada and the Toronto Comicon, as well as the director of The Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Awards. He was also the owner of the now closed Comic Book Lounge and Gallery and was the co-founder of the now defunct Paradise Comicon. In part two, Kevin tells us why he founded The Shusters – Canada’s national comic book awards. He also talks about opening The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery as an attempt to continue the legacy of Dragon Lady Comics. The shop became a beloved social epicentre and was at the forefront at the new “lounge” trend in comic shops. It wasn’t all good though, a tragedy in his personal life and various circumstances beyond his control would seal the fate of his business.
Kevin Boyd is an integral builder of Toronto’s comic book community. He’s now the Comics Programming Coordinator for Fan Expo Canada and the Toronto Comiccon, as well as the director of The Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Awards. He was also the owner of the now closed Comic Book Lounge and Gallery and was the co-founder of the now defunct Paradise Comicon. In part one of our interview, he discusses how he got into comics and why he went from creating comics to selling his collection at conventions. He also goes into how he ended up co-founding one of the most beloved Toronto comic conventions of all time and accidentally become embroiled in Toronto’s biggest comic con civil war.
With 2016 upon us, we’re ringing in the New Year with a “lost episode” from our archives, back when sound quality wasn’t our strong suit (Sorry). This one features Alice Quinn — Toronto’s homegrown comics journalist who started covering the local scene before anyone else thought of it. These days she’s writing articles and doing video interviews for Comix Asylum Magazine, but back in the day she interviewed industry heavyweights like Bill Willingham, (Fables) Jim Zub (Wayward) and Chris Hardwick (@Midnight) on her own Quinntessential Comix Youtube channel. She also live streams a monthly graphic novel book club and, for a few years, Toronto fans could keep up with events through her T.Dot Comics website.
Jason Bone was comics' golden boy following his very first professional work. The Toronto artist was nominated for an Eisner Award (work deserving of wider recognition) in 2001 for his first comic Solar Stella. His very next project Alison Dare (with past Speech Bubble guest J. Torres) was also Eisner-nominated. Both works drew the attention of the late, legendary Canadian comic artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, Catwoman) who took J under his wing as his inker until Cooke's death from cancer in 2016. J. spends much of this episode reminiscing about what it was like to work with Darwyn and the other famous comic pros he has worked with in the past, including Paul Dini (Batman the Animated Series) and Mike Allred (Madman, X-Statix). We then get into why the idyllic pop culture of the 50s and 60s influences his art style and dissect the clandestine gayness of the era. We'll hear about his latest work inking Dan Parent on Archie Meets Batman '66 and his last fully-pencilled work on The Saviors with writer James Robinson (Starman, JSA). You'll learn that Darwyn Cooke designed and cut together the opening title sequence for Batman Beyond, that Batman '66 is just a secret gay bondage fantasy and what happened when Buckingham Palace said an undead Princess Diana couldn't join a mutant superhero team. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula @Originaljbone J. Bone's original art for sale J. Bone selling t-shirts on TeePublic J's old blog J. Bone on Wikipedia J.'s old beefcake blog J's old Cafe Press store J's old craft blog Buy Art of the Zodiac by J. Bone Buy Archie Meets Batman '66 with inks by J. Bone Buy The Saviors with art by J. Bone Batman Beyond Opening Sequence by Darwyn Cooke Princess Diana is Marvel's Newest Mutant Heroine Sponsor Hairy Tarantula Coupon Codes Enter these codes at checkout when you shop online and we'll get some money to support the podcast. Geeky t-shirts – Riptapparel.com – 10% OFF – NEVERSLEEPS Last minute gifts – Giftagram.com -- $15 OFF -- NEVERSLEEPS15
Jo Lalonde tells Aaron she was an artist since she figured out how not to eat the crayons. First apprenticing as a tattoo artist before learning the chalk art trade under legendary Canadian chalk artist Chalk Master Dave, best known for producing the iconic superhero mural on the outside of Silver Snail's former Queen Street location. Jo tells tales of her own superheroism while dealing with the few pedestrians who don't pay attention and walk over her hands and art. Not to mention dealing with other various street buskers while she plied her trade at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square before eventually moving a few blocks up for a safer, more secure place to work. Plus, she tells us her favourite superhero for putting chalk to sidewalk. You'll also learn what it takes to draw a great chalk mural on the sidewalk and why those 3D chalk optical illusions are never done spontaneously and are sometimes more trouble than their hits on social media. She tells us why superheroes get her the most attention and how she got the opportunity to draw an Overwatch mural for Activision. This episode is the fate of the artist writ large with an unvarnished look at all the blood sweat and chalk dust it takes to nurture and live off such talent. This episode was sponsored by and recorded at Hairy Tarantula during their Hairoween Grand Opening Celebrations on Halloween Weekend 2018. TheChalkChick.com The Chalk Chick's Facebook Gallery The Chalk Chick's Instagram A blog about The Chalk Chick
Rebecca Diem is a co-organizer of Comic Shop Ladies Night, a pop-up after hours social just for the ladies, held at a rotating list of comic shops across Toronto. She’s also the author of a series of popular, self-published steampunk adventure novellas titled Tales of Captain Duke. After running through the early influences and inspirations that got her into comics and writing, which range from Archie and Saved by the Bell to Neil Gaiman and the Sunday Funnies, her grandma sent her, we get into the process behind and inspiration for Captain Duke. This episode will also give listeners a very layered explanation as to what steampunk actually is. Here we explore its role in reclaiming progressive ideas in a romanticized past and how some with disabilities adopt the aesthetic for empowerment. Then we move on to Comic Shop Ladies Night and dispel the notion that comics were ever or always a male-dominated fandom. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula. rebeccadiem.com @kthnxbex - Twitter @kthnxbex - Instagram Rebecca's Goodreads profile The Stowaway Debutante on Amazon Bridgehead Coffee Shop Comic Shop Ladies Night Episode Sponsor: Hairy Tarantula
Fiona Smyth is a legend of the Toronto arts community. A true renaissance woman, she's a sculptor, a muralist, a book illustrator an animator, an art teacher and an independent comic book artist. If you're a Toronto resident, you've probably seen her work without even realizing it. Her murals adorn iconic locations like Lee's Palace's Dance Cave and Sneaky Dee's (which is known to Scott Pilgrim Fans) where she designed their sign and bonehead cow logo. In 2019, she was inducted into The Giants of The North Hall of Fame as part of Canada's Doug Wright Awards for indepedent cartooning along with the late Inuit cartoonist Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007). Her psychadelic and fluid drawing style has graced a who's who of Canadian publishers, newspapers and magazines since the time she was a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design, (now OCAD University) where she now teaches a new generation of students how to make comics. She is best known for tackling feminist issues, including issues of sexuality, gender and idenity throughout her entire body of work, which spans 30 plus years. In 2018, Koyama Press published a retrospective of her career from 1985-2018 called Somnambulance, which features excerts from her comic Nocturnal Emissions, published by Vortex Comics, as well as work she did for Vice, Drawn and Quarterly, Exclaim! Snipe Hunt, Taddle Creek and even Urban Outfitters' Slant Magazine, among others. Other work includes Cheez 100, collecting the first 100 strips of her series Cheez that was published in Exclaim! Magazine, her first and only graphic novel, The Never Wheres and two critcally-acclaimed sex education books for kids written by renowned sex educator Cory Silverberg, What Makes a Baby? and Sex is a Funny Word. On the podcast, Aaron finds out how Fiona was recruited to create the Sneaky Dee's sign, what about her childhood and catholic upbringing pushed her to explore feminism in her art, what makes her work for kids different than her work for adults, what her southern good ol' boy pen name is and how it felt going from a punk student with a D.I.Y. ethos that's skipping class at OCAD to teaching at OCAD and becoming the authority she used to rebel against. Plus, find out if Seth lived with her, where she saw herself among the “Holy Triumverate” of Toronto's autobio artists (Seth, Chester Brown and Joe Matt) in the 90s and what it's like to be featured as one of Canada's Big Four comic artists in the recently closed This is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Oh, and she reveals that she and Cory Silverberg are working on a third sex education graphic novel covering puberty. Also, did you know she wanted to be a realist painter? This episode of Speech Bubble with Fiona Smyth is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula and Bam Coffee Co. @fionasmythlukkie Fiona's Facebook Fiona's blog Fiona's Tumblr Fiona's Giants of the North Hall of Fame Write-up Fiona's Zines Online What Makes a Baby? How to Comission Fiona Smyth for a Project Learn How to Make Comics from Fiona – Starts Jan. 25, 2020 Society of Illustrators Weird Things Albatross Soup – a short film by Winnie Cheung with illustrations by Fiona Smyth Bradley of Him by Connor Willumsen – Koyama Press
Scott has approached rarefied air that very few Canadian cartoonists have ever reached. His historical graphic memoir Two Generals was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s best books of 2010, selected as a Best American Comics in 2012 and named by CBC as a “Canada Reads” selection and one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all-time. Not to be out done, his book Northwest Passage also has Harvey and Eisner nominations to its name. Plus, his young adult comic Three Thieves won a Joe Shuster award as The Best Canadian for Comic for Kids. He's a contributor to the Canadian superhero anthology, True Patriot, which was edited by past Speech Bubble guest J. Torres and he's currently doing covers for the Bettie Page comic published by Dynamite Entertainment. The project he's working on (as of this recording) is a graphic biography of a jazz cornet player Bix Beiderbecke aptly named, Bix. On the pod, Scott comes to the recording session, fresh off his stint as a panelist on Librarian and Educator Day at the Toronto Comic Art Festival, carrying All-Stars, a mini-comic he put together with University of Windsor librarians and history professors Heidi Jacobs and Miriam Wright about the Chatham [Ontario] Coloured All-Stars and their victory in 1934, as the first black team to win the Ontario Baseball Association title. Aaron and Scott cover the Chatham All-Stars and their star player Wilfred “Boomer” Harding, but not before bonding over their mutual love of the Batman 1966 TV show and chronicling Scott's path to professional comics making through animation. His early influences include the great Will Eisner, Canadian legend Ty Templeton and Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics – all of which put him on a path toward cartooning instead of drawing superheroes. He talks about what attracts him to simple storytelling and that mid-century design style that has become a bit of a calling card for him. Plus, he goes behind-the-scenes on the development of Two Generals – a highly personal project for him. This podcast is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula. @scottchantler (Instagram) @scottchantler (Twitter) @Scottchantlercartoonist Scott's Website Buy Scott's Original Art Scott on Amazon Scott in Maclean's as The University of Windsor's Cartoonist-in-Residence Scott's TEDx Talk Sponsor Hairy Tarantula
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