WebFind: True North Country Comics, a new web site launched to promote Canadian Comics

True North Country Comics LogoTrue North Country Comics is a new web site that’s been launched with the goal of promoting Canadian comic book creators and promoters.

The new site, supported by a myriad of social media, provides a calendar of events, candid interviews, entertaining podcasts and much more to celebrate Canadian comic books and the talented creators that make them.

Recent items include a podcast interview with artist Keith Grachow, whose Salt Water with writer Mitch Cook and Concrete Martians; and Danny Zabbal, a Toronto-based artist and writer for Action Lab Comics, Drawn & Quarterly Comics and the Toronto Comics Anthology.

The site has been unveiled to coincide with Canada 150 – the 150th anniversary celebration of the country’s founding. Since the initial vision of the nation that came to be in 1867, Canada has developed into a country built upon a rich varied background matched with a diverse infrastructure that today inspires creators to reflect on the past while looking boldly to the future.

“Canada is undergoing an invigorating comic book renaissance right now — from stories about adventure to mystery to romance to war and everything in between — there’s an abundance of creative talent flowing from this country,” enthuses John Swinimer, by day a public relations professional but by night, the founder and owner of True North Country Comics

He has one goal in mind — to promote Canadian comic book creators and supporters.

“This is a very exciting time for comic book readers. So True North Country Comics is proud to showcase the wide variety of creators across Canada — from upcoming-and-coming independents to those working on globally recognised comic books. Producing this website is our small way of acknowledging the comic book creators and supporters across this great country.”

Also launched is a complementary site goes behind the scenes to showcase the tools that Canadian comic book creators use to do their amazing work. TNCC Tools of the Trade features insightful interviews with creators, the makers of the leading hardware and software, plus new information about digital tools for comic book readers.

• True North Country Comics is at truenorthcountrycomics.com | Follow True North Country Comics on Twitter @TrueNorthComics

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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