Business cards seem pretty quaint and old-fashioned in this age of digital branding, but people still for ask me for them everywhere I go. So I came up with a new card design for the first time in 15 years. With any luck these bad boys will be making their debut at Wordfest mid-month.
Today is the very last day to join the campaign to bring back Brok Windsor!
Brok Windsor is one of the unfortunate lost comic books of the Canadian golden age, drawn in a beautifully lush illustration style by artist Jon Stables, Brok Windsor was an action-adventure hero up for anything. Including visiting the hidden lang of Chaqua, discovering giants, becoming a giant himself, and battling through hordes of monsters to discover a cure!
If you’re a fan of pulpy 1940s fun, or just want to ensure comic book history isn’t lost forever, I encourage you to show your support by sharing the link. Artists from across North America have joined the campaign by contributing original pin-ups and artwork, and their enthusiasm has ensured that this project will be made.
Includes nine new pages drawn by yours truly. Go pre-order while you still can!
Artist scottchantler is working from a 1946 script written by Jon Stable and Ted Ross to recreate the never-published last Brok Windsor adventure!
Check out the first page here, and consider contributing to the Kickstarter (only 3 days left!) if you want a full copy of Brok Windsor’s adventures, including this story!
First page of my Brok Windsor story. 68 years between script and art…gotta be some kind of record.
"My" Brok Windsor is based on his creator, Jon Stables, a handsome gent who could rock a vest.
Considering exhibiting at C2E2 in 2015. I’m still looking for an American con that’s worth the travel, and I haven’t had a slice of real deep-dish since 2006.
What say you, Tumblr? Worth the drive from southwestern Ontario for a cartoonist who’s more book market than comics market?
Reading all of the original, WWII-era Brok Windsor comics to prepare for the new story I’m going to be drawing for the character. It is truly wild stuff. A lot of fun.
There’s still a week left to pre-order your copy of the historic reprint, which will include my extra nine pages, by backing the project on Kickstarter.
Whoa. #ThreeThieves #TheDarkIsland #workinprogress #makecomics #horse #knight
I’ve always liked the Shuster Awards. They do a great job nominating a wide variety of material—mainstream and alternative, direct market and book market, English and French—that really reflects the diversity of the comics being produced here in Canada. Come on out and show the creators and organizers your support.
After (mostly) taking the summer comic book convention season off, I’ll be back on the road next month as the fall literary festival season gears up. Here’s where you can find me on public display in the next little while:
Wordfest is a massive series of events that takes place each year in Calgary, Banff, and the Bow Valley. This year’s festival is October 14th-19th, boasting no less than 85 guests, including such big names as Emma Donoghue, Kenneth Oppel, Miriam Toews, Naomi Klein, Alison Pick, and Bruce Mculloch of Kids in the Hall fame. I was previously a guest in 2011, and it quickly became the standard by which I measure all other shows.
At this year’s Wordfest, I’ll be appearing with author Jonathan Auxier at the Calgary Public Library, doing a workshop on visual storytelling, and moderating a spotlight panel for fellow cartoonists Michael Cho and Meags Fitzgerald. Check the Wordfest event listings for details.
After returning from Banff, I’ll sleep in my own bed one night before hopping a train to BookFest Windsor, where I’ll be appearing on the “Every Picture - Aspects of the Book” with Marta Chudolinska and Seth. Really looking forward to this one.
And last but not least, I’ll be at The University of Western Ontario on November 6th to address their Public History department about Two Generals as part of their Development Series, though I believe the public is welcome (or at least other students). Use the email address in the link for further info.
Hope to see you in person at one of these. It’s gonna be a fun fall.
The pirate characters are back for #TheDarkIsland. Details of pencils for page 10. #makecomics #ThreeThieves #comics #comicbook #graphicnovel
Might have just set a record for how early in the year I had to turn on the space heater in my basement office.
Let’s ride. #TheDarkIsland #ThreeThieves #workinprogress #makecomics #comics #comicbook #graphicnovel
Run, Jared, run! Detail from page 7 of #TheDarkIsland, in progress. #ThreeThieves #comics #comicbook #graphicnovel #workinprogress #makecomics