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2018 Preview: Coming in HOT

Sean Tonelli - Monday, February 19, 2018

Whew. 2017 was a whirlwind and 2018 shows no signs of slowing down. We are releasing what will undoubtedly be some of the best work in our 9 year history. Don’t believe me? Well, let me show you.

Available now:

DUST SHIP GLORY by Elaine M. Will

Elaine M. Will's four-part adaptation of Andreas Schroeder's 1986 novel Dustship Glory tells the story of Damanus ‘Tom’ Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant farmer who came to Canada during the economic Depression of the 1930s. Haunted by his past and devastated by the economic slump and drought conditions that laid waste to the Canadian prairies in the 1930s, Sukanen responded by building a full-sized ship in his farmyard, hundreds of miles from the sea. The complete graphic novel, Dust-Ship Glory, is now available. Will is the Xeric Award-winning Canadian author and cartoonist behind the critically acclaimed mental health drama graphic novel, Look Straight Ahead.

You can pick up a copy of Dust-Ship Glory here.

MARCH 2018

HOPE One Shot by (W) Lovern Kindzierski (A/CA) John Bolton

Writer Lovern Kindzierski and artist John Bolton return to the world of Shame. This new one shot picks up where Shame left off, but that shouldn’t stop newcomers from joining the fun. Lovern set’s the story up perfectly for diehards and newbies alike. Shame is dead, her demon father blasted back to hell. Hope, newly born into the body of a young woman, stumbles from the battle scarred castle still filled with Shame's malevolent servants. The evil queen may have been defeated, but her dark forces are determined to stamp out Hope's return to the world. This one shot story continues the acclaimed Shame series, following the ultimate story of mother-daughter conflict. In Shops: Mar 21, 2018

If you still need convincing, check out this preview here.

APRIL 2018

SHARKASAURUS by (W) Spencer Estabrooks (A) Jethro Morales

Who doesn’t want to see a kaiju eating a bunch of religious zealots? If that sounds like something you might be interested in, then April 25th is going to be a big day for you. Faith and facts collide on a Creationist themed golf course when the daughter of a widowed creationist falls for the adopted son of a gay paleontologist.  Unbeknownst to the lovers a prehistoric dino-shark has emerged from hibernation leaving a trail of death and destruction. Will the creationist and paleontologist settle their ideological differences or will Sharkasaurus devour them all? In Shops: Apr 25, 2018.

You can pre-order the book here and receive a limited edition print by artist Nyco Rudolph.

MAY 2018

Frank by Ben Rankel

A lost love, a murder, and a mountain that walks. A historical mystery set in the tragedy of the Frank Slide, one of Canada’s deadliest natural disasters. Eve Lee is in a self-destructive spiral—her big plans for a new life in Frank have not at all turned out how she had planned. As Eve hits the bottom she’s forced to confront her expectations when her former lover disappears under questionable circumstances. But is there something sinister at play or is she simply being obsessive and self-centred? And will she be able to put her past behind her before she finds herself buried under it?

You can pre-order the book here


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To Better Know a Renegade: Elaine M. Will

Sean Tonelli - Tuesday, January 23, 2018


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Celebrate Burns Night with Robbie Burns Witch Hunter

Sean Tonelli - Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's one of our favorite times of the year. That's right, January 25th is Burns Supper! Or Burns Night or Robert Burns day, or Robbie Burns Day or whatever vernacular you wish to call it. Either way, it's a big deal.

Celebrate the birthday of one of the world's greatest poets (and witch hunters) with Robbie Burns: Witch Hunter.  The TRIPLE AWARD WINNING GRAPHIC NOVEL, 2015 Scottish Independent Book Alliance, Awards Best Graphic Novel/Best Writer/Best Newcomer. The story asks what if the events of the narrative poem Tam o' Shanter, Burns' most famous work, were actually based on something that happened to Burns himself. 

Two visionary writers from Edinburgh, Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby, have created a new depiction of the nation's most loved poet, based on the epic character of the famous narrative poem Tam o'Shanter.  Tiernen Trevallion, one of the UK's most promising new comic artists, provides the artwork.

Pick up a PRINT or DIGITAL COPY be clicking HERE 

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Renegade's Christmas Guide 2017

Sean Tonelli - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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Never Look Back: A look at Elaine M. Will's Look Straight Ahead

Sean Tonelli - Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I don’t remember much from that night. Just flashes from the club and the stories my friends told me. Breaking down after ordering a drink, the uncontrollable crying, being carried out and rushed into a cab. None of it. The only clear memory I have is taking the remote control from my television and breaking it in half. I was lucky that I had such good friends close by to take care of me when I wasn’t taking care of myself. When I awoke the next afternoon, my body trembled from guilt. I just knew that I did something embarrassing. When I went to work, my manager/friend pulled me into his office. This was the first real conversation I had ever had about mental health. My life had gone off the rails. I was partying too much, slacking off at work and neglecting my health. And, I had no idea.

Since then I have taken the time to take care of myself. This hasn’t been easy. I run often, but sometimes I will go months without exercise. I will make excuses, the weather, the time of day etc. But the truth is when I start to feel down, I don’t seem to notice. Things start to turn bland. Writing, my creative outlet, frightens me. I could care less about a new episode of Supernatural. Even chicken wings fail to excite me. Depression sucks. It ruins everything. But it sucks for everyone, and I know I’m not alone.

Elaine M. Will’s graphic novel Look Straight Ahead is important for a number of reasons. Mental illness is hard to describe to those who haven’t dealt with it. “Buck up.” is common expression a person suffering will hear from their family and friends. For those suffering from mental illness, Look Straight Ahead perfectly encapsulates the foreboding feeling depression creates. This makes the book hard for me to read, yet even harder to put down. Jeremy’s journey is terrifyingly familiar. Like depression, you see Jeremy’s fall coming, you know how he can stop it, yet you’re helpless. You have no choice but to watch him fall down that bottomless Sarlacc pit of despair. But, that bottomless pit, guess what? It does have a bottom. We all know it and it’s what keeps you turning that page. Jeremy can pull himself up, he always could, and so could we.

What about those who are fortunate enough to not have problems with mental health? Odds are, you know someone who does. There’s even a good chance you told them to ‘Buck up.’ That’s ok. You don’t need to feel bad. We know you’re coming from a good place. But that’s why this book is for you. Will manages to showcase the mental health struggle in a way no other medium could, in a voice everyone can understand. Jeremy’s world is black and white with glorious splashes of colour, which is how those suffering from depression tend to see things. This book will open your eyes and your minds, giving readers an honest and empathetic view of depression. But mostly, it’ll tell you that we aren’t looking for advice, all we really need is a shoulder.

When Alexander gave me my copy of Look Straight Ahead I didn’t want to read it. I was scared. It felt too real and you know what, it was. But I’m glad. It’s good to be reminded that I’m not alone and I never really am. The reason Look Straight Ahead resonates with honest is that Will based Jeremy’s experiences off of her own. Jeremy’s voice is real, because Will is real.

I take comfort in knowing that when I’m up late at night, and those dark thoughts creep into my head, I can grab my copy and spend some time with Jeremy and Elaine. I can use their shoulder’s that night, so that I can have a brighter morning. Recommended reading for everyone.

Don’t ever be afraid to reach out. If you need resources you can check the links below, or even shoot me an e-mail (sean@renegademail.com). It never hurts to say hello.

Canadian Mental Health Services: https://cmha.ca/resources/

Mental Health Hotline: 1-877-303-2642

Purchase Look Straight Ahead here: http://www.renegadeartsentertainment.com/look_straight_ahead



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