After Capital City Comic Con, What’s Next for Victoria, BC?

25 Mar


Image result for comic booksBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

After Capital City Comic Convention, what’s next? Some fans cannot wait for the next show but that will be a year away. In the meantime, Vancouver Island has enough shows making the fun last month after month. On the list are:

Whether this list is too much or too little, the local fandom community have more than enough to keep going. Those interested in coming to the garden city of Victoria, BC from afar will have to arrange their own travel and accommodations.

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The Epic Book Tour: Gareth Hinds with Homer’s The Illiad

23 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Gareth Hinds is a prolific illustrator who worked in the video game industry for over ten years and still found the time to self-publish. Technically, that’s before Candlewick Press discovered him, and when they called him up to offer a deal, it was one he could not pass up!

Some fans know him for the cult hit, System Shock 2, and others may recall his earlier works, namely his adaptation of Beowulf. His artistic interpretations of literary classics are simply spellbinding. He has published ten books in all, including The Odyssey. As the recipient of Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award, his works can be found in use in classrooms across the country. Reading some of these classical works is not always easy, and to have the right kind of art to have young minds interested in the original material makes the process of learning how to read easier. Perhaps, one day, he may attempt Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Personally, I’m quite drawn to his works which looks at classical antiquity. In Poe: Stories and Poems, my taste for the macabre gets satisfied. His latest work is Homer’s The Iliad which took more than two years to produce! When this book clocks in at 270 pages and 95% of it are illustrations, the wait is certainly worthwhile. It is now available through bookstores like Amazon. To coincide with the release is a book tour. The remaining dates can be found at the end of this interview.

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Mr. Higgins Returns for a sequel from Dark Horse Comics

23 Mar

In addition to this weekend being Hellboy day at select comic book stores, a lot more fun is coming for those who love Mike Mignola‘s works.

Coming this fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish the original graphic novel, Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and his Assistant Mr. Knox. Now try to say that five times fast! It’s tough to, but this sequel to the acclaimed graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home, will be sure to please.  Hellboy creator Mignola and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have a new tale to tell:

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Disney’s Snow White Gets the Dark Horse Treatment

21 Mar

Dark Horse Comics and Disney are reawakening a classic Disney tale in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Written by award-winning author Cecil Castellucci with art by Gabriele Bagnoli, this comic book retelling revisits the timeless classic of Snow White.

Snow is more than a damsel in distress in this retelling; she possesses a heart and soul that yearns for knowledge, love, and acceptance. Made to work in her own castle by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, Snow’s world changes the day she meets her prince charming and her jealous stepmother tries to have her killed. Snow flees to the forest to hide and finds sanctuary with a family she never could have expected in the boisterous seven dwarfs. Can her heart still flourish with the shadow of the queen’s hate looming over her, and only the lingering hope of seeing her prince again?

This three-issue series will no doubt offer a new take, and the first issue goes on sale June 16, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.