Guest at Imagination 2019

I’ll be in beautiful Quebec City for 5 days (April 3-7) as part of Imagination 2019, a writer’s festival hosted by the Morrin Center. a nationally recognized heritage site and leading English-language cultural centre, located in the heart of Quebec City’s historic Old City.

Imagination 2019

Nominated for the 2018 Joe Shuster Awards

Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s national award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

I’ve been nominated in the category Cartoonist / Auteur

The 2018 Joe Shuster Award Nominations / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2018

A Busy Month!

So much has been happening this month that I haven’t been able to update fast enough!

On November 9th I was invited by Erin Churchill from the Department of English to do a talk at Vanier College in Montreal as part of their English symposium.

It was a great experience and I enjoyed dong a Q&A with the students and members of the faculty afterwards.

On November 20th I did a two-hour workshop on Narrative Art and Sequential Storytelling with grade 11 students at Villa Maria high school. This was arranged by their teacher Nancy Long who is a fellow Alfred Hitchcock fan. We used two short stories: “A Lamb to the Slaughter” by the great Roald Dahl, and “Vendetta” by Guy De Mauppausant. We had the girls break down parts of these stories and then sketch them out in comic book fashion. I’d love to do this kind of thing for all the English high schools in the area.

Today Nov. 26 was another busy day. This morning I dropped by Expozine in downtown Montreal where Conundrum was exhibiting their books. It was great seeing Andy Brown after Toronto, and meeting Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes, the creators of “The Case of the Missing Men”, Conundrum’s latest graphic novel. I really need to read it when I get a chance! I signed a few books and apparently the day before there was a woman who was very weirded out when she saw my book because of all the parallels with her own life. Too bad I missed her!

Afterwards I headed to the Montreal Pop-Up Book Fair where I was a guest reader, one of 20 writers in Montreal. We each had 2 minutes to read from our work, and then afterwards contributed some lines to a text which was read out loud to the amusement of all. I realize I should really be writing these posts before but never seem to have the chance or remember! Anyway it was fun and I met a few people, including Karen Nesbitt who wrote “Subject To Change”  , a YA book I am curious about.

That’s all for now! I’m trying to finish a bunch of manga deadlines before we leave on a trip to Asia. Cheers.