Chapterhouse Publishing is proud to announce two exciting titles available for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5th 2018– Invasion and Die Kitty Die: “I Love You To Death”.
Invasion is Chapterhouse’s first major event, taking place in the pages of Captain Canuck Season Four throughout the summer of 2018 and bringing together heroes of the Chapterverse – Fantomah,
PItiful Human-Lizard, Northguard, Agents Of P.A.C.T and Fallen Suns – against the threat of alien race, the Borealis.
Having observed Earth from afar, the Borealis arrive to pass judgement on humankind – a failure, too dangerous to be allowed to live. However, despite our flaws, Captain Canuck and the heroes of the Chapterverse still believe humans are worth saving. This action-packed Chapterverse crossover event will also look back at the story of the Chapterverse so far, so new readers are not left out of the action.
"I've been counting the days to Invasion since we released Captain Canuck on Free Comic Book Day in 2015,” says Chapterhouse founder Fadi Hakim. “Having the story come full circle for Free Comic Book Day 2018 is simply the best thing ever!”
Chapterhouse’s Free Comic Book Invasion prologue features the debut of the Captain Canuck Season Four writing team – Jay Baruchel and Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps, The Flash). Leonard Kirk (Batman, Supergirl, JSA, X-Factor) provides the artwork plus a cover by John Gallagher (Riverdale, Supergirl, The Flash).
"This is big, blockbuster, summer entertainment,” Baruchel explains. “It's got monsters, superheroes, space ships, big explosions, and Donald Trump being subjugated by aliens - pretty much all you could ask for in a comic book. Exciting stuff that's going to take heads off."
The second title available to fans on FCBD will be Die Kitty Die: "I Love You To Death". The critically acclaimed Die Kitty Die series is headed by Harvey and Archie Comics veterans Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz.
“I Love You To Death” follows the shocking conclusion to Die Kitty Die: Hollywood Or Bust, after news of Kitty Ravencraft’s demise sent shockwaves throughout the entire Kittyverse.
Over at Kitty Comix, sneaky, opportunistic publisher Skip Stone is delighted to finally have the death of his main character that he always wanted to exploit, but Kitty’s real friends at the Comix Corner comic shop aren’t sharing in his delight. Just when they thought their Free Comic Book Day couldn’t
get any worse, Kitty’s ex-husband Derek the Warlock arrives in search of answers and decides to go directly to the source – to Kitty’s disembodied spirit!
When she rejects his unholy help, Derek decides to show Kitty what life WITHOUT him would be like by zapping her into one Free Comic Book Day comic book after another!
Toronto-based comics publisher Chapterhouse Publishing has announced a new pricing structure for its Chapterverse range of superhero titles, with every monthly comic priced at $1.99 US, and all trade paperback collections priced at $9.99 US!
The new $1.99 price point applies to all Chapterverse titles in 2018, including Captain Canuck, Fantomah, Freelance, and The Pitiful Human Lizard.
Check out the first ten pages of Freelance season 2 , issue one HERE.
Watch Chapterhouse CCO Jay Baruchel talk about why fans should check out the Canadian publisher.
“All comic fans are faced with a choice every Wednesday on how best to spend their hard-earned money,” says Chapterhouse publisher Keith WTS Morris. “We want to make giving our Chapterverse books a try an easy choice to make. Chapterhouse is determined not to let price point be a barrier into our world of comics.”
Chapterhouse founder and CEO Fadi Hakim says that the new price really makes sense for the fans. “We've become big enough to receive a sizeable savings from our printer, and in turn, we're passing on that savings to our retailers and readers. You can now get our entire universe for between four to six dollars a month!”
Chapterhouse is creating an accessible superhero universe with heroes for every kind of reader, from the classic adventure of Captain Canuck to the horror of Fantomah, and from the humour of Pitiful Human-Lizard to the globetrotting action of Freelance. A low price point is key to Chapterhouse’s commitment to accessibility.
“We are beyond psyched to be providing a whole new generation of comics fans top quality storytelling at literally half the price of our competitors,” says Chapterhouse Chief Creative Officer Jay Baruchel. “Our goal is to entertain you with the best possible stories populated by the richest characters. Life is expensive. Comics shouldn't be.”
The $1.99 initiative kicks off in January 2018 with the second seasons of two of Chapterhouse’s most acclaimed titles; Freelance, starring gay superhero Lance Valiant, and Fantomah, featuring a revival of the Golden Age horror icon. The $1.99 price also applies to the new 2018 seasons of Captain Canuck, Pitiful Human-Lizard, Fallen Suns, Northguard, and two new titles to be announced next year.
The $9.99 trade paperback price will apply to the entire Chapterverse line, including Captain Canuck: Aleph, Captain Canuck: Gauntlet, Captain Canuck: Harbinger, The Pitiful Human-Lizard: Far From Legendary, The Pitiful Human-Lizard: Still Pretty Pathetic, Freelance: Angel of the Abyss, and Fantomah: Up From The Deep.
Chapterhouse offers a publishing model unlike anyone else in comics. All Chapterverse titles run in four-issue seasons, and each season stands on its own, with no crossovers or stunts. Each $9.99 trade paperback collection will be released and distributed through Diamond Books before the next season begins, so it’s always easy for readers to catch up without breaking the bank. Chapterhouse wants to take the headaches and the high cost out of being a superhero fan!
Freelance Season 2 #1, from creators Andrew Wheeler, Juan Samu, and Vaneda Vireak, is available from Diamond with the order code NOV171472. Fantomah Season 2 #1, from creators Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee, is available from Diamond with the order code NOV171474.
Founded in Toronto, Ontario, in 2015, Chapterhouse is a vital voice in genre entertainment, publishing diverse monthly comics, graphic novels, prose novels, and classic comics reprints. Chapterhouse provides a venue for some of the best creative voices in Canada and from around the world through its Chapterverse superhero line, and through its lines of genre comics and novels.
Canada’s premiere publisher of genre entertainment, Chapterhouse Publishing, comes to Winnipeg this October for Central Canada Comic Con 2017 (C4) with a slate of can’t-miss panels and some of the biggest talents in Canadian comics, including writer and Chapterhouse Chief Creative Officer Jay Baruchel!
Taking place October 27-29 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, the show marks a homecoming for Chapterhouse’s own Captain Canuck, as Canada’s most celebrated hero hails from the Manitoba town of Flin Flon! It also marks a return for Baruchel and several of the Chapterhouse team!
“Winnipeg has been very kind to me, and some of the best stuff I've ever been a part of happened in this town,” says Baruchel. “Very excited to be coming back, and getting to fly the Chapterhouse flag over the heart of Canada!”
“The last time I was at C4, it was with Captain Canuck, his-creator Richard Comely, T-shirts, and a web series,” says Chapterhouse founder and CEO Fadi Hakim. “This time, its with Chapterhouse, boatloads of comics, and some of the greatest talent in North America. I can't wait!
Jay Baruchel talks about how he got involved with Chapterhouse.
Central Canada Comic Con is one of Canada’s largest and longest-running comic conventions, and Chapterhouse is Canada’s most exciting new publisher of superhero and genre comics. Chapterhouse has built a shared universe of heroes around Captain Canuck, dubbed ‘the Chapterverse’, and publishes the best in original creator-owned comics, including Die Kitty Die and Life, Death & Sorcery.
Chapterhouse is thrilled to be bringing Captain Canuck: Year One writer Jay Baruchel to C4 for his first Central Canada convention appearance! Baruchel will be signing exclusively at the Chapterhouse booth.
Other talents attending under the Chapterhouse banner include Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely, Captain Canuck artists Leonard Kirk, Emmanuelle Chateauneuf, and Jason Loo, Die Kitty Die writer Dan Parent, Life, Death & Sorcery creator Danny Zabbal, and Chapterverse writers Ray Fawkes (Fantomah), Van Jensen (Fallen Suns), and Andrew Wheeler (Freelance).
Chapterhouse panels at the show include “Creating Comics With Chapterhouse” (4:00PM Friday October 27, Presentation Theatre), in which Andrew Wheeler, Dan Parent, Danny Zabbal, and Emmanuelle Chateauneuf talk about their experiences creating comics; “Building A Universe: The Chapterverse 2018 and Beyond” (2:30PM Saturday October 28, Presentation Theatre), in which Jay Baruchel, Emmanuelle Chateauneuf, Van Jensen, Ray Fawkes, Jason Loo, and Andrew Wheeler discuss the future of the Chapterhouse heroes; and the Chapterverse Sketch Battle
(5:00PM Saturday October 28, Room 2H), which sees Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely go head-to-head with Canuck artists Leonard Kirk, Emmanuelle Chateauneuf, and Jason Loo!
Plus, don’t miss Jay Baruchel and Van Jensen in conversation with Chapterverse publisher Keith WTS Morris and CEO Fadi Hakim at “In Good Company: Chapterhouse News” (3:00PM Sunday October 29, Room 2H).
For more information including tickets, please visit: www.c4winnipeg.com
Chapterhouse Comics is proud to announce its latest super team-up with Canadian actor, writer and director Jay Baruchel (Goon: Last of the Enforcers, How To Train Your Dragon), as he joins the Chapterhouse family as investor, owner and Chief Creative Officer.
Founded in 2015, Chapterhouse is Canada’s largest comic book publisher. The company, headed by CEO Fadi Hakim, has been making leaps and bounds promoting Canadian talent and flagship superhero Captain Canuck, along with more than 16 other monthly titles in addition to archive classics, graphic novels and prose novels.
Chapterhouse is proudly Canadian, flying the flag for diversity, with an appeal to comics fans worldwide - something that Jay and founder Fadi first bonded over.
“What started with a conversation about bringing Captain Canuck to the big screen very quickly evolved into my asking Fadi if I could invest in Chapterhouse,” says Jay. “As both a patriot, and a lifelong nerd, the breadth of vision and daring that Chapterhouse had already displayed in their two short years was nothing short of staggering.
“This was the kind of thing we’d talk and dream about as Canadian kids - a home grown Canadian extended comic book universe. This was both an adventure and holy mission, and one I knew I had to be a part of.” Chapterhouse and Jay are planning to take the company and their characters to new heights, as Jay succinctly puts it: “We want to be the home for superheroes the big publishers don’t have the balls to create.”
Canadian superhero Captain Canuck, created by artist/writer Richard Comely and illustrator Ron Leishman, first appeared in Captain Canuck #1 in 1975. Since his inception, he had fallen off the radar but, Chapterhouse has given life to the character once more.
Chapterhouse and Jay Baruchel want to tell stories that Canadians can be proud of, and that the rest of the world is excited about as well. Fadi explains, “We are one of the most ethnically and socially diverse countries in the world. I want our writers and artists to write and draw what they see, and not have to be apologetic for it, as Canadians often are. I want to see the Pitiful Human-Lizard ride through Parkdale atop the 504 streetcar to get around; I want to see Captain Canuck and Northguard back-to-back in a throw-down that levels Toronto’s Dundas Square, I want to see Redcoat and Kebec split a Donair in Halifax. I want to lionize the land I live in; I want its people to have a pipeline for their stories and ideas that are distinctly ours; I want the world to read them and wish they lived here… or at least visit!”
Chapterhouse founder Fadi Hakim’s love of comics all started with Canuck himself. Perusing the Dixie Fantastic Flea Market in Mississauga, Ontario, as a kid in the late 70s, skimming past the more mainstream choices of the era, his eyes were instantly drawn to Captain Canuck #1 - a bold cover with the Captain standing heroically in front of a hopeful, yellow sunset, hands placed on his hips, with the red and white Canadian flag waving majestically behind him. “It was like candy to my eyes, I had to have it and collected any Captain Canuck that I could get my hands on thereafter.”
Recently, Jay co-wrote the Free Comic Book day edition of Captain Canuck: Year One with Chapterhouse Editor-In-Chief and series writer Kalman Andrasofszky. The comic is first of a three-part series illustrated by Marcus To (The Flash, Red Robin), featuring a cover by David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight).
Now, after just two years, Chapterhouse has announced a partnership with Diamond Books, which means its titles will be distributed throughout North America and Europe. The Canadian publishing powerhouse intends to expand into other territories, and to reach brand new fans. The announcement is well timed, as the world could use a hero like Captain Canuck right now; someone who stands for all that is good and pure, and who is proud of his country, but concerned for people all around the globe, and who represents the Canadian spirit and the best of us all.
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