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8 Ball by Donald Caron Sneak Peek

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Illustrator extraordinaire Donald Caron has been hard at work for quite some time on an 8 Ball illustration based on a concept by Andy Bradshaw (8 Ball himself!). This is but a fraction of the final image, on which Donald is still toiling over. Makes you wonder where the hell 8 Ball has set his feet into this time around.... And no, it is not a crossover with the Walking Dead...

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NANO by Donald Caron

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Donald Caron illustrates the opening sequence of the Nano comic book serial, available exclusively in the members section. And what an illustration it is! It reminds us of the work of Frazetta! Epic and spectacular!
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Wild Card by Christopher Yao

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In the Jackpot: Royal Flush episode, you got to meet Jackie’s ex-boyfriend, William aka “Wild Card”, played by Brad Hamelin. If you have seen the episode, you know that things did not end too well for him and a portion of his face. In this design by Christopher Yao, we get to see the final look the man will have as he will rise to power in the underbelly of Montreal and become the owner of an underground casino…

What happened between the episode and this new look will be covered in a comic book titled Wild Card: Face Off, which will be found in the
New Beginnings Trade Paperback. And Wild Card’s brand new look and anger towards Jackie (now turned Jackpot) will be in full display in an upcoming episode…
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Canadian Shield by David Day

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The Canadian Shield will be back very soon in comic book form! This time, illustrated by
David Day. This story will be featured in our upcoming trade paperback, Legacies. This character study is definitely boding well for the final piece!

If you have not already, you can read the Canadian Shield’s first adventure in the
COMICS section and watch his live action adventures in Episodes Six and Seventeen.

See you in the funny papers very soon! Happy

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NEW BEGINNINGS COVER BY CHRISTOPHER YAO

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BLACK TERROR BY DONALD CARON

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Awesome Black Terror Fan Art

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This superb piece was sent to us yesterday by a fan. He unfortunately did not send his name so that we can properly credit him or her, but it is definitely an amazing illustration! Thanks, whoever you are!
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New Beginnings Trade Paperback Cover Work in Progress

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Here is the inked version of the cover of our third trade paperback, coming out this summer, called New Beginnings. The cover is illustrated by Christopher Yao, who designed most of the Season 2 costumes. This trade will feature stories about all the new characters we created for Season 2. We can’t wait to see it in full colours. Can you?
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JACKPOT SKETCHES - WORK IN PROGRESS BY DONALD CARON

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As part of his intense creative process, which we are documenting in a book and DVD combo coming out this spring, Donald likes to sketch. A lot! Here is a sample of sketches he did for an upcoming Jackpot illustration. As you can see, the man leaves no stones unturned!!!
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Crimson by Luis Arturo

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Like we said a few days ago, we are bombarded with cool Heroes of the North art in these early days of 2014! Here is an impressive Crimson piece by Cuban artist Luis Arturo!
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JACKPOT by Lyle Dunlop

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What can we say? We are bombarded with art these days! Here is another stunning photomontage by Lyle Dunlop featuring Jackpot (Dominique Arganese), based on an original photo by Vincent Cadoret.
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Wild Rose (and the Hortnets) by Geof Isherwood

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Here is a Geof Isherwood illustration featuring Wild Rose dispatching the Hornet twins...
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BLACK TERROR WORK IN PROGRESS

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Work in progress by Donald Caron for an upcoming Black Terror illustration.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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The Heroes of the North wishes our fantastic cast and crew, artists, collaborators, friends, fans and supporters happy holidays and the very best for 2014!

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Donald Caron Sneak Peek

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Here is a sketch for an upcoming Black Terror illustration by Donald Caron. This illustration will also be part of an upcoming book we plan on releasing in the Spring of 2014 called Heroes of the North: The Art of Donald Caron.
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VODA by Geof Isherwood

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This is the first glimpse of Voda, our New Manitoban superhero, drawn by Geof Isherwood! Voda is one of the new characters that will be introduced in Season 2. An origin story detailing how she came to get involved with the WDO, what are her powers and so on, will be found in the trade paperback that will be out later this year and will set the stage for her implication in the Heroes of the North Universe.

As usual, the illustration is available in our store.

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Crimson: Dark Origins comic book near sold out


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Our most critically acclaimed comic book, Crimson: Dark Origins is nearly sold-out - in fact, there is only 4 copies available. If you ever wanted to get your hands on it, the moment is NOW!

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Michael Dooney strikes again!

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Here is the latest Heroes of the North illustration by Michael Dooney! His interpretation of Fleur-de-Lys is simply out of this world! We are always amazed at the man’s work and look forward to his other contributions!

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Nordik by Donald Caron

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Help us pick a cover!

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We are trying to decide on which cover to use for the third and last Omnibus of Season One. Help us decide and vote either on Facebook or in the comments below.
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Black Terror by Zach Fischer - in Colour!

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Zach Fischer recently completed work on a twelve pages story that will be included in the next Heroes of the North Omnibus, coming out this September, as part of the exclusive, print only stories of that book.

He also offered us this illustration of the main hero of the piece. Enjoy!
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Black Terror by Zach Fischer


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Zach Fischer recently completed a really entertaining Black Terror story for us which will appear exclusively in the next Omnibus coming out this September from Ardenn Entertainment. And he is currently working on a Black Terror illustration (above). While still a work in progress, you can definitely see it will be a killer piece!
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Acadia Comic is out!

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The Acadia comic is out! It is a nice little story about second chances, growing to be the person you want to be, and how fate sometimes changes our path. The story also features Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais) and introduces a new CDO character, Donovan Eastman. Written by Yann and Michel Brouillette, gorgeously illustrated by Geof Isherwood, coloured and lettered by Keiren Smith, with a cover by Ty Templeton! What more to ask? We hope you enjoy reading the story - and as usual, do not hesitate to rate or comment. This book will be part of our second magnum opus, the Heroes of the North: Missions omnibus which comes out in September 2012.

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Our (first) most important post of the year


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This is the wraparound cover for the second Omnibus, by Geof Isherwood.

The Heroes of the North 80 pages behemoth, Omnibus volume 2, will hit the comic book stores everywhere in North America this fall - September to be precise. Yet, you should nag your favourite friendly comic book store this month (July) about it. Or, alternatively, if you live abroad or do not have a comic book store nearby, you can also pre-order it from our online store.

Why now? What is the rush?, do you ask? Because the way it works is as follows: The book is currently being solicited now in comic book stores all across America in a magazine/catalog called Previews and published by Diamond Comics - which is pretty much the sole distributor of comics in North America for the retailers.

Retailers ie your favourite comic book store, must collect their orders during that month and submit them at the end of it to Diamond, who will in turn, inform the publishers of the minimum amount of copies the publisher needs to make to fulfill the demand, in order for everyone to minimize their risks, especially on lesser known titles like ours.

Now here is the rub: comics are a tough business these days and most retailers are pretty conservative. They usually stick to what they know and that is why they are still in business. They do not want to get stuck with stuff that does not sell and so on. And no one can blame them for that. But if their clients ask for it, they will order it. Maybe a few more, because there is a demand. And that is good for us and the show, for many reasons. Keep reading to find out why...

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The cover of the first Heroes of the North Omnibus, released in February 2012.

For the first Omnibus, the book was under ordered by a lot of retailers - most stores had ran out of the books three weeks after its release! - and they had to order more the next month. Thankfully we over printed a bit for conventions and so on - and we were (barely) able to meet up the demand. Whatever we had left for conventions has been selling like hot cakes with the end result that we have almost none left! If you want to get your hands on it, you can always visit our store or perhaps we will have some at the next convention, but that is the extent of it: a few dozens left.


Now you may be thinking that we are making lots of money going through Diamond , with its extended distribution market that is so much wider than anything we could humanely cover on our own, but the truth is we are not: once you factor in the printing fees, Diamond’s own, huge distributor’s cut (60%!), our publisher’s share and other expenses like the fees of the artists and other contributors themselves, not to mention the cost of shipping at almost every steps, there is really not that much left, quite frankly. Not enough for a profit.

But going through Diamond allows us to get the book far and wide and spread the news of the shows to people we could never afford to reach otherwise. And that is why we do it and it is also why we ask you to order it from your retailers instead of through us, even though we technically lose money when you do it at this point.

As the books get more popular, get great reviews and so on, the show also gets more known and it helps on many fronts - people end up buying merchandise that is not available anywhere but in our store, they talk about the show to their friends and neighbours, they buy the next comic and so on… Allowing us to continue our growth.

And who knows, one day we might reach the critical mass in comics sales to an extent sufficient to make us a decent profit once all the people in the chain have taken their fees and all expenses are paid. We are not there yet but we are not that far off either. And with your help, we can definitely get there.

We want to do more comics and we want to keep going with the show. It is difficult but also a lot of fun and very rewarding on so many levels.

So, what can you expect in this new book, besides comics that are already on the site? As it turns out, a lot! In the first book, we only had one extra stories that appeared nowhere else. We have several more for this book. Here is a run down:

The book will feature five of the 12 pages book currently (or soon to be!) available on the site. They are:

- Nordik and 8 Ball Team-up: Chilling me softly, written by Yann Brouillette, with art by David J. Cutler, colours and lettering by Keiren Smith.

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- 8 Ball and Black Terror team-up: The Bang Bang Theory, written by Yann Brouillette, with art by Gibson Quarter (with some inks by Guillermo Ortego), colours and lettering by Keiren Smith.

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- The Archie style hilarious romp called Zombots being schooled, written by Yann Brouillette, with art and colours by Dan Parent and lettering by Zen.

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- The tragedy packed Acadia: Pretty Clear, written by Yann and Michel Brouillette, with stunning art by Geof Isherwood, and colours and lettering by Keiren Smith.

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And, last but not least, a superb story of the Canadian written by Canadian comic legend Ty Templeton, definitely the man for the job, illustrated by Daniel Wong. Those five 12 pages stories make up some two-third of the book’s sixty pages. There is twenty more to go. Here is the line up for those:

- A 12 pages, psychedelic and bat shit insane crazy Black Terror story called The Dark Alley, written by Yann Brouillette, illustrated by Zach Fisher, coloured by Aljoša Tomić and lettered by Zen. What happens in this one is so insane, we would not know where to start if we tried to explain it. So we won’t. An image should suffice:

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- There is a fun little mystery three pages story called Blood Bath, featuring 8 Ball and Alpha Q, written by Yann Brouillette, illustrated by Geof Isherwood, coloured by Aljoša Tomić and lettered by Zen.

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- A short but gorgeous Pacifica story called ASAP written by Yann Brouillette, with art by David Cutler, coloured by Aljoša Tomić and lettered by Zen.

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- and we round up the book with a New Felquistes Halloween tale called October Crisis, written by Jean-Dominic Leduc and illustrated by Geof Isherwood.

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With this line-up, we managed to feature every single characters featured on the gorgeous cover above, illustrated by Geof Isherwood. Every single one of our Heroes, and indirectly, our current main villains, made it in this 80 pages collection!

And you get all that Canadian superhero madness for six bucks! Canadian! We are not kidding, folks! As a reviewer said (about the first book): “Heroes of the North is the best bang for your buck right now in the comic book world!”. We may be biased, but we strongly agree with that! And we are bold enough to think we even topped it for the encore!


So spread the word! Like this post, tweet it, google plus it, whatever you need to do to let it be known that the time to get the book is NOW! And order it now yourselves, regardless of the way you choose to do so!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. And we look forward to entertain you with the book this fall!

The Heroes of the North Team


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Nordik by Michael Dooney

We love the way Michael Dooney draws babes here at HOTN Central - that is no secret. So it is no surprise to anyone that we asked him to draw Nordik (VanessaBlouin). What surprised us is the amazing drawing he sent us! Complete with Northern Lights, polar bears and a most intricate hairdo, the mysterious mistress of the north truly shines here! Heck, even his polar bears are sexy!

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Omnibus 2 Cover by Geof Isherwood

Here is the coloured version of the Heroes of the North Omnibus 2 cover by Geof Isherwood. The second Omnibus which should come out some time this summer will feature stories written by Yann and Michel Brouillette, with a special guest writer, Ty Templeton, who writes a Canadian story (illustrated by Mr. Richard Pace) and Art by David J. Cutler, Gibson Quarter (with some inks by Guillermo Ortego), Geof Isherwood, Dan Parent and a few more! We have to keep some surprises after all. The entire book will be lettered by Keiren Smith. Like the last installement, there will also be several pinups by Donald Caron, Michael Dooney, Joel Adams, Sv Bell and Dan Parent plus bonus stories you will not find anywhere else. You can get a cleaner view of the illustration by visiting our Artists Interpretations Gallery.

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Chibis!

We commissioned artist Zach Fisher to create Chibi versions of our characters. For those not in the know, Chibi is a specific style of Japanese caricature where characters are drawn in an exaggerated way, typically small and chubby, with stubby limbs and oversized heads, to make them resemble small children. We are very happy with the end results which can be viewed in its own special Chibis section in our Galleries.

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Omnibus 2 Cover - Work in progress

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Nordik by Isherwood

Geof Ishwerwood is currently hard at work on the Second Heroes of the North Omnibus cover. Today he sent us a sample of a work in progress on the character of Nordik.


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Alpha Q by Donald Caron

Well, today was artists day at HOTN Central! First we got the amazing work in progress art by Michael Dooney for the upcoming Nordik comic book cover. Then we got some layout art for an upcoming comic book by Olivier Raymond, which we cannot disclose yet because we do not want to spoil anything - that story has HUGE repercussions in the Heroes of the North Universe. No kidding! - and now we just received the print cover for the Alpha Q comic, dramatically rendered by our go-to artist for covers, Donald Caron! Enjoy! For this piece, Donald did a photo session with Alpha Q actor Yann Brouillette and the results are nothing less than stunning! We are sure you will definitely agree! Winking

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Nordik Comic Cover - Work in Progress by Michael Dooney

Here is the stunning pencil work by Michael Dooney for his cover of the digital comic book version of the story written by Yann Brouillette and penciled and inked by David Cutler, with colours and letters by Keiren Smith. One word: Spectacular!

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Alpha Q Cover in Colour!

Alpha Q and Masquerade by Geof Isherwood - in technicolor!

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Alpha Q Comic Book Cover by Geof Isherwood

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We cannot wait for you guys to read the upcoming Alpha Q comic illustrated by Marcus MAS Smith and written by Yann Brouillette (Alpha Q himself!). But while we wait for the hilarious piece to be completed, we can revel in the work in progress of the digital cover created by Geof Isherwood…
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Medusa by Geof Isherwood

Here is the finished coloured piece of Medusa by Geof Isherwoord.

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Geof Isherwood Inks for the Medusa Cover

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We wanted to wait until tomorrow to post this but it is so gorgeous, we could not wait! This is the work-in-progress for the cover of the Season Finale Comic book, penciled and inked by
Geof Isherwood. It features Medusa Commander (Constantine Kourtidis in the show), the voluptuous Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais) and a mysterious aryan nurse, the identity of which you will discover while watching episode 20…and reading the Season Finale comic, of course! We cannot wait to see this piece coloured! But we have only two words right now for this inked page: breathtaking and spectacular!

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Hornet by Donald Caron

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Donald Caron has done it again! This fantastic wrap around cover set piece features the deadly Hornet, captured in feral action, as she breaks inside the Flowers Industries weapons factory. One of the hardest illustrations he ever had to make apparently. But we cannot tell by looking at it! It is simply astonishing!

The attention to details in Donald’s work is simply astonishing! His
Heroes of the North illustrations are simply out of this world!

This illustration will grace the print cover of the
Hornet comic. We will also make a limited amount of prints, which you will be able to procure in the STORE.

The Hornet Comic Book is written by Yann Brouillette, with pencils and inks by MAS, Colours and lettering by Keiren Smith. Digital Version cover by Dean Yeagle and Print cover by Donald Caron.

Hornet is played by Marie-Claude Bourbonnais.

Please do not hesitate to like this and tweet it as well below. Comments are always welcome. We need to spread this far and wide. Local talents like Donald do not get enough of the recognition they deserve! Thank you!

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Acadia by Ty Templeton

Just in time for the Acadians National Holiday comes Ty Templeton’s vision of our character of Acadia.

We love Ty Templeton over here at HOTN Central. First of all, he is Canadian. Second, he was worked for almost every major comic book company under the sun, Third, he has worked on Batman AND Spider-Man, fourth, he’s a writer and an accomplished artist and teacher, and like most Canadians, he’s funny as all hell, fifth, he has a cartoon blog called
Bun Toons, sixth, he’s bursting with passion for comics as an art form and a story telling medium, seventh, he is one of the creative minds behind Hoverboy, eight, he draws himself as a rabbit, ninth, he took us HOTN folks seriously and with respect from day one, despite our ridiculous means, and tenth, his wife is also a comic book professional who letters and colours comics… Better yet, she even does us the favour of working on some of our books once in a while. So what is not to love? Feast your eyes on his latest Heroes of the North offering.

BONUS: Ty Templeton talks about his creative process for creating the illustration on his
blog.

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Pacifica by Michael Dooney

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This is the long awaited cover by Montreal Illustrator Donald Caron for the upcoming Crimson Comic book. It perfectly captures the lethal and raw nature of the character origins. Not to mention it has a very Frazetta feel. Another epic illustration for the books! You can also check it out in our artist Gallery.
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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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Pacifica Roughs by Michael Dooney

For the upcoming print version of the Pacifica comic (written by Yann Brouillette with Art by MAS and lettering by Keiren Smith), we have asked artist Michael Dooney (of Teenage Ninja Turtles fame) to render his version of the speedy Vancouverite. Another artist we met at the Orlando MegaCon, Michael just sent us the pencils for the piece. We just have to say that it looks stunning. Enjoy! Pacifica is played by Alexandra Ordolis - look for her in Episode 16.


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