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Already ONE YEAR!

Already one year! Well, almost… It will be on Monday, August 1, 2011…

To celebrate, we have decided to put online the screenplays to the Origins episodes. You can access them from the spiffy new Episodes menus for the Origins block our directly on the episode page, by clicking on the script icon below the CAST AND CREW icon.

For those with an interest in production, it will be the perfect way to see where things went wrong, what went well, what was improved or destroyed.

It also allows you to see how we manage to shoot the episode, often with limited resources. How faithful, or not, we manage to remain to the source material.

In any case, we thought it would be a cool addition to the episodes and if it turns out to be popular, we may well implement it on all episodes.

Let us know if you want more by firing us up some emails.
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Acadia Figurine Design in Colour!

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Acadia Final Design

That’s it! The final version of the design for the Acadia figurine by Marcus MAS Smith. Next step: colours!

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Last Two Figurines Concept Sketches

Here’s the roughs sketches by Marcus MAS Smith for the last figurines that will complete the collection for Season One of Heroes of the North. We are doing an Acadia figurine as well as a Nouveaux Felquistes piece that is sure to have a few people talk and that will complete the roundup of major Heroes and Villains introduced during the first run of the show.

You can also have a look at our previous designs.

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The End is Near: Medusa Rising

This is the teaser trailer for our last story arc, Medusa Rising, which will conclude Season One.
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Canadian Shield Prophylactics (Condoms)

We are never short of ideas over here at Heroes of the North Central. And we are known from not shying away from weirdness, oddities and other directions some would not venture into. So we had a good laugh initially when a fellow filmmaker suggested we made condoms as promo items for the show. Just making condoms made little sense. But using it in the context of World War II era propaganda against venereal diseases and using the Canadian Shield logo and name for the brand... That was a step we did not hesitate to make. Just because it is so darn funny. Here are some of our very real, actual, honest to goodness WII propaganda inspirations.

They are coming, folks. Pun intended. Keep an eye out in the store for the Limited Edition Collector’s Edition Canadian Shield Prophylactics... We extensively tested our first test batch. They are ready for prime time. They will be ready for Fan Expo. Get them while they last!


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Toronto Fan Expo 2011

We will be attending the Toronto Fan Expo for the first time from August 25-28. Still a bit early to tell who from the HOTN crew will be in attendance but rest assured, some of the chracters will be there and in costumes. Looking forward to meet our Toronto fans and making new ones.
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More Donald Caron goodness coming your way!

Donald Caron has become our go to artist for the print versions of our comics. He has crafted amazing epic renditions of our characters. And we reached an agreement today for him to make much, much more of those groovy covers.

Besides the already in the pipeline Crimson and Hornet covers for the respective comics, Donald will also do the following characters:

- Alpha Q;
- Canadian Shield;
- Acadia;
- Nordik;
- 8 Ball.

So that is five new amazing illustrations of the Heroes of the North Universe to look forward to.
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Episode 13 is now online!

In case you missed it, Episode 13: Fashion Statement starring Anne-Marie Losique as Madame Doom, Pia Metni as Masquerade, Larry Vinette as the Canadian and John Fallon as Black Terror, is now online. The wheels are now in motion, leading to a big finale for this arc in EPISODE FIFTEEN: DEATH IS THE NEW BLACK.
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Medusa Industries Website

As some of you may know, part of the story is also told via different websites. For awhile now we have had the CDO website, which is accessible by clicking the white CDO icon in the sidebar. And now, the Medusa website is officially online as well. Like its predecessor, it can be accessed from the sidebar by cliciking on the black Medusa icon. Lots of clues and elements for upcoming story lines can be found in the intricacies of these sites. Keep an eye out for the soon to be online Nouveaux Felquistes sites as well.
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Fleur-de-Lys Comic Layouts!

We received the layouts for the Fleur-de-Lys: Blooming comic which is drawn, colored and lettered by Olivier Raymond (who also did our vintage style Canadian Shield cover illustration for the Canadian Shield comic). We were literally blown away by the work so far and we are pretty excited by this comic which shows a little more in-depth the trial and tribulations of Fleur-de-Lys and her brothers, now and in the past. It is a great story by Yann Brouillette that is bound to leave no one indifferent, and the stunning work by Olivier Raymond is only bringing this comic to the next level, making it one of the best ones in the HOTN series so far, on par with the Crimson comic, if we may say so ourselves. We cannot wait to show you this one but in the meantime, as usual, here’s a look at the rough layouts to wet your appetite.


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Anne-Marie Losique is Madame Doom!

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You read that right! Quebec celebrity and media mogul Anne-Marie Losique will portray the borderline insane Madame Doom, a disfigured former fashion model that now controls a major drug cartel supplying the fashion and entertainment industry in the Heroes of the North universe. The first episode she appears in, Episode 13, will be online on July 11th.

We are pretty happy to have Anne-Marie on board mainly because she was the person we always wanted for the character. So much so that had she passed on the opportunity, we would have created another villain.

So it was with great pleasure that we learned she was to accept our invitation to join the cast. And while that particular shoot was excessively chaotic - there was a major snow storm that day that caused us tons of griefs and delays, Anne-Marie was an absolute trooper throughout, on time despite the snow storm (unlike some of our own crew!) and a joy to work with!

The episode will be online on Monday, July 11. While it is somewhat light on action, the script by Jim Burke is quite surreal in atmosphere and situations, while the interplay between Anne-Marie (as Madame Doom) and Pia Metni (as Masquerade) is very entertaining.

Keep an eye out because Madame Doom will be back in Episode 15, along with with Crimson (Bianca Beauchamp), Fleur-de-Lys (Edith Labelle), The Canadian (Larry Vinette), 8 Ball (Anderson Bradshaw) and Masquerade (Pia Metni). Oh! And you will get to meet the excentric
Seymour (Babak Motamed) and his ravishing Seymourettes (Baj Singh and Christelle Fournier).

And while you are at it, why not profit from the
pre-order pricing and order your very own Madame Doom figurine, complete with a light-up catwalk! Click on the picture for more details or head over in the STORE to order it now.

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Heroes of the North Figurines Pre-Order!

Here we are, ready to go with the second wave of Heroes of the North Figurines. And to celebrate that, we offer you 50% on the retail price because you are ordering now, ahead of everybody else, and it helps us tremendously. However, this offer will only last until midnight, AUGUST 31, 2011. The figurines are now in the early stages of production and will be delivered in November 2011. A few of them have LED enhancements, such as Nordik (LED ice Base), Madame Doom (LED catwalk Base) and Black Terror (glowing Red Eyes). Accordingly, they are more expensive. Also ready are the figurines of Canadian Shield and 8 Ball, which are closer to our standard prices. You may have a look at the figurines or your may PRE-ORDER them now if you wish.
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New Facebook and Google Buttons

As some of you may have noticed, there are new social buttons on the individual episodes pages and on the comic book pages. On the Facebook side, next to the recommand button, you will find a shiny brand new SEND button. It lets users send a private message containing the URL to their Facebook friends, as an email to any email address, or to the group wall of one of their Facebook groups. So there you have it.

As for the Google +1 button, here’s what the behemoth of search engines has to say about it:


Adding the +1 button to your pages lets users recommend your content, knowing that their friends and contacts will see their recommendation when it’s most relevant—in the context of Google search results.When a signed-in Google user is searching, your Google search result snippet may be annotated with the names of the user's connections who've +1'd your page. If none of a user's connections has +1'd your page, your snippet may display the aggregate number of +1's your page has received.


So feel free to use these shiny new tools to recommend and share your favourite Heroes of the North episodes or comics. And as usual, feel free to comment.
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Hornet Comic Sneak Peek

The Hornet comic is coming and it is a nice one yet again! Written by Yann Brouillette, illustrated by MAS and coloured by a mysterious guest colourist, the story tells us of the origins of Hortense Netter, CEO of Medusa Industries but better known around these parts as the mysterious assassin known as Hornet. What deep and dark secrets does she conceal? A couple of weeks of wait are still necessary to find out. But to wet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek. But take our word for it, this one is worth the wait!

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