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2011-06-06 18:25:00
Visual effects supervisor John Dykstra has set up his first feature film directing gig called Super Zero, which is an adaptation of the comic book Essex Country: Tales from the Farm. Dykstra most recently worked on the film X-Men: First Class, which was a pretty incredible movie for those of you who haven't seen it yet.Tales of the Farm was created by Jeff Lemire, and was adapted into screenplay form by John Carr. The film will be shot live action, but will include heavy special effects sequences. The story is described as being edgy, but family-friendly. The story follows an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on a farm with his uncle. As their relationship grows strained, he befriends the town's gas station owner, a former pro hockey player, and the pair escape into a private fantasy world of superheroes and alien invaders.The comic book has won several awards and according to Variety "the producers' plan is to "make a big splash at ComicCon, where Lemire and the publisher, T...
2011-02-08 01:38:00
Well, I was the first book voted off of the Canada Reads competition today, and I'll admit that it stings a bit more than I thought it would. But, in the end I am really proud of the accomplishment of making it to the final 5. It's a great sign for the future of graphic novels in this country, and their continued acceptance mainstream literary circles on a whole.The truth is Essex County would never have been nominated if not for all the brilliant Canadian cartoonists who laid the ground work for such recognition over the last couple of decades. Dave Sim, Seth, Chester Brown, Julie Doucet and so many others not only inspired me, but a whole generation of cartoonist that will continue to push our beloved medium into the spotlight.I'm proud to be part of such a great tradition of Canadian cartoonists, and continue to be inspired by the likes of Darwyn Cooke, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Kate Beaton and so many other great talents.And, a big thanks to Sara Quin for her impassioned de...
Upcoming Appearances
2011-01-17 16:30:00
Essex County, the Graphic Novel, and MontrealTimeThursday, January 27 · 7:00pm - 9:00pmLocationDrawn & Quarterly bookstore211 Bernard Street WestMontreal, QCCreated ByHomerun Show, CBC Radio OneMore InfoCome and meet graphic novelist/cartoonist Jeff Lemire, who?s Essex County is in the running for this year?s Canada Reads.Meet the artist, ask him questions, and see how he works. You could also win one of several complete Canada Reads book packages!Homerun host Sue Smith and arts reporter Jeanette Kelly will also be hand, and joining us on stage will be Drawn & Quarterly?s head publisher and chief, Chris Oliveros, as well as Montreal?s own graphic novelist Sherwin Sullivan Tjia, author of The Hipless Boy, nominated for a Doug Wright Award and four Ignatz Awards.Essex County is the first graphic novel ever to be included in the running for the prestigious Canada Reads book prize. It is composed of three interconnected graphic novels: Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The ...
2010-11-25 19:38:00
Some pics from the Canada Reads reception at CBC yesterday! Also a link to an interview in The Windsor Star, my hometown paper.
2010-11-09 16:49:00
Meet your Canada Reads Top 10November 9, 2010 10:30 AMOur Top 40 is now a Top 10. We asked you to vote for the books you most wanted to see on Canada Reads ? the Essential Top 10 Canadian Novels of the Decade, if you will. What you gave us, from the original 40 (which was a fabulous list, by the way, and should keep book clubs across the country rich in options for years to come), is 10 titles that represent the richness and diversity this entire campaign has offered. There are former Canada Reads contenders, a formerly self-published novel, a graphic novel, some titles from big publishers and others from smaller presses. There's a humorous book and a heartbreaking one, and everything in between. We think this list represents what Canada is reading and what Canada wants to read. So without further ado, Canada, meet your Top 10!The Best Laid Plans by Terry FallisThe Birth House by Ami McKayThe Bone Cage by Angie AbdouThe Book of Negroes by Lawrence HillBottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Wh...
SUPERBOY #1 Reviewed!
2010-11-04 13:39:00
Some early Superboy#1 reviews!comic book resources craveonline.comign.combrighthub-.comAnd and interview over a MTV Geek Click on the ads for more details and a preview!
2010-11-03 17:30:00
So here I am. Superboy #1 is out today! It feels like a long time coming. Pier Gallo and I have already been working on the book for the better part of 2010. So let me tell you a bit about what I have planned for Conner Kent and Smallville?As of typing this I have six full scripts done with a seventh in the outline stage. And, I have the first fifteen issues plotted out. So, this will be a BIG story. A Big story made up of a lot of smaller stories. Most of the run will be only 1 or 2 part arcs that add up to a bigger, badder story I?m weaving in that will culminate around Issue 12 or 13. I don?t want to say too much about it yet, but the first issue has some pretty good clues and teases. It also has THE PHANTOM STRANGER! one of my favorite comic book characters. Seems like an odd fit? Well Smallville really is the ideal American small town. But all small towns have a dark side. And Smallville?s dark side will be slowly creeping to the surface, making Kon-el?s attempts at a ?normal l...
2010-11-01 14:45:00
This Wednesday, Nov.3, my first issue of DC Comic's new SUPERBOY series launches. In a way the release of Superboy marks a sort of milestone in my career, one I never saw coming. But, when I look back at how I got here, the path seems clear and natural.It's been quite a journey for me both creatively and personally over the last 3 or 4 years. Four years ago...2006. I was still working full-time as a line cook at La Hacienda restaurant on Queen Street West in Toronto. I'd work night shifts and then get up early to draw all day before I had to go back in for my next shift.I'd finished my first long-form comics work, the self-published LOST DOGS about a year and a half earlier and I'd been struggling with what to do next. There were a few aborted projects in there, but none of them really seemed to stick. I can't remember exactly how the idea for Tales From The Farm came about. But I do recall the original idea for that book was much more sci-fi heavy. It was a full-on genre boo...
2010-10-28 18:35:00 County has made the shortlist of 40 Books for the best Canadian fiction of the last decade!You can vote by clicking on the link above.
2010-10-15 16:03:00
Essex County has a chance to be nominated as one of the ten ESSENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE by the CBC, so go VOTE!!!
2008-05-19 20:15:00
The 3rd Volume of Jeff Lemire's Eisner-nominated Essex County Trilogy, The Country Nurse, may not be out until October, but two brand new, never before printed "mini-chapters" of the saga are now available!Exclusively available to order online, these two limited edition mini-comics will come signed and numbered with a sketch from Lemire!Eddie Elephant-Ears-12-pages, B&W with Color Cover Essex County Boxing Club-16-pages, B&W with Color CoverBOTH MINI-COMICS Only $6 CLICK HERE TO BUY!
2008-03-21 05:38:00
All of the original artwork from Tales From The Farm and Ghost Stories is now for sale at THE BEGUILING's art store! So please, help me but cat food....GO!And also Ghost Stories, and Matt Kindt's SuperSpy have been named two of the top ten Graphic Novels of the year by BOOKLIST! That makes Top Shelf the only publisher with two books on the list!
2008-03-19 18:22:00
As promised here are the final 11 pages of The Essex County Boxing Club!Incidentally this will be one of the limited edition mini-comics I'll be selling at Cons and off of my site later in the spring, so keep checking in!
2008-03-18 16:29:00
The following is a short story which was originally drawn as part of the forthcoming Essex County: Volume 3: The Country Nurse (October). However, as Chris Staros and I started to edit the book, we realized it just didn't fit into the story I was trying to tell with the third volume, and has since been cut from the book.However, I still like the piece, and thought I'd offer it here in two parts. So here is Part 1 of The Essex County Boxing Club:
The Dynamic Diva Wins At Essex County College!
2008-03-06 13:43:00
I got the opportunity of a lifetime! I went home to speak as an alum of twenty years at Essex County College. In honor of Women’s History Month, I was to speak about Women’s health issues. It was truly and honor to speak to a generation of eXcellent students. To see those minds filled with optimism, excitement and ...
Comic Review: Ghost Stories
2008-01-09 12:52:00
Artist and writer Jeff Lemire returns again to his fictonalized Canadian hometown of Essex County for the second volume of his planned interconnected trilogy.
2007-11-25 03:42:00
I've been AWOL from the blog lately, it has been an incredibly busy time of year for me as I've been working to finish Essex County Vol.3 before the holidays. And, I'm happy to say that I have indeed done just that, Essex 3: The County Nurse is completely finished, scanned, lettered! (a never before previewed scene above and below...)After 3 years working on the Essex County books, it feel REALLY GOOD to be done with the project. Moreover, I am really excited to move on to news ideas and new projects. I have started writing and designing my next book, which will be published by Top Shelf. I'm not ready to let the cat out of the bag yet, but in the new year I'll have much more news about the book. But, I will say it is something I'm really excited about, it will be very different from the Essex books, but I think it will still appeal to those fans too.On other news, my wife is currently exhibiting her work at The One of a Kind Show in Toronto, and I've traded in my br...
2007-10-06 00:14:00
My next graphic novel Essex County Vol.2: Ghost Stories ships to comic shops Wednesday, October 10! I just received my comps via Fed Ex, and they look great.So, I'd thought I'd spend the days leading up to the books' release posting some "DVD bonus features" for the book, concept work, deleted scenes etc...Also, I will be putting my window display up at the Beguiling on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and I'll be sure to post pics of that, then it's off to Bethesda, MA for SPX 2007, and Ghost Stories' official launch.
2007-06-30 15:30:00
CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDER!CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW!The second volume of my Essex County trilogy of graphic novels is in the current Previews catalogue for a September release. I guess I should actually start working on it soon, eh? ...kidding. In all honestly, I am extremely proud of the book. It is the longest project I've undertaken (224 pages) and it was a real marathon working on it, but I really feel it is the best thing I have ever done. It is a huge leap forward for me both visually and as a writer and I'm really excited to get it out there.And, for those put off by the hockey content, please give it a chance, Hockey is indeed a central part of the narrative, but it is about a whole lot more than that...specifically how betrayal, loss and guilt push and pull at the fabric of family in small town life. So, while hockey is used as a central metaphor, the book is no more a sports story than Tales From The Farm was a super- hero story. And, for those who do love sports and old-...
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