Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Post Olympic Round-Up - Slam Poet Superhero

In keeping with this week’s post-Olympic post theme, here are some more things to help us retain that fleeting Olympic high.

Feel free to check out my Rebel Alert Fanboy Geek's Eye View of the Vancouver 2010 opening ceremonies. I think it’s worth a read for the Logan’s Run mitten stuff alone.

Slam Poet and Yellowknife native Shane Koyczan has seen his profile shoot through the roof after his spirited rendition of “We Are More” at the Vancouver 2010 opening ceremonies Feb. 12. The poem was originally the English language poetry commission for the Ottawa Canada Day celebrations in 2001. Read Shanes bio and media kudos here.

In a recent interview with the Northern News Service, Koyczan lists a graphic novel among his current projects. It’s likely being done through his publisher, House of Parlance Media.

In addition to publishing poetry by Kiyczan (Stickboy, Visiting Hours), Kinnie Star and Mike McGee, House of Parlance has also published three volumes of manga based on Canadian pop chanteuse Avril Lavigne’s songs that look pretty good.

Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend, and Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes vol. 1 and 2 are written by comic scribe Gail Simone, lettering by Ed Brisson. The books are illustrated by designer and muralist Nelson Garcia of Nomadic Alternatives and Vancouver based princess of awesome, Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo, Nightmares & Fairy Tales, The Fallen and Arcana Studios' Burn).

The Comics Journal describes d’Errico’s style as “somewhere between manga standard and Sam Keith’s bittersweet cartoon line work creates a world that looks eerily like Margaret Keane characters trapped in an Igmar Bergman film.”

Beavers Up!

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