PREPRODUCTION NEWS - MINISODES:
Summer is Finally here! It has been a very long winter and it feels good to finally get some warmth, isn't it? It also means that we can resume shooting with temperatures more suitable for our heroes that are latex clad. Preproduction is now underway for the Wild Rose, Terra Nova, Mantis (not latex clad but still... It is set in North Korea) and Borealis.
We want to also congratulate John Albert (pictured below with Hornet and Mantis), who purchased not one but two (!) set visits on the Wild Rose and Mantis shoot. John had previously participated on the Jackpot set visit and even earned himself a cameo in the episode, alongside Dominic Walsh! They both did a pretty good job: look for them on the Jackpot Episode: Dominic get stabbed and John gets a bullet in the head right after... Look for more fans cameos and other cool surprises in the upcoming episodes...
John Albert with Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais) and Mantis (Marie Ty)
Some of you may have noticed changes on the website. We have added a massive footer to make navigation accessible everywhere.
We also added an Official Heroes of the North Retailers list - all Retailers that carry Official Heroes of the North Merchandise is listed there. If your local Retailer is interested, they can always CONTACT us.
Speaking of our Contact page, we have added several sections that deal with specific issues such as Retailers, Conventions, casting, artists and writers submissions, etc. We even added a Live Chat feature for those pressing questions that cannot wait a return email! Please don't abuse it!
You will also notice a sponsors list, which is for companies that contributed financially to the show and helped produced the upcoming episodes. If you own a company and wish to be a sponsor or if you want to recommend it to a friend who owns one, they just need to visit our SPONSORS section.
Ernie Hudson with Hornet (Marie-Claude Bourbonnais) and 8 Ball (Anderson Bradshaw) and some brave Ghostbusters at the Niagara Falls Comicon. Photo by Carol Grant.
CONVENTION SEASON IS OVER! FOR NOW...
We had a busy spring attending tons of conventions. It was exhausting but also very rewarding but we are glad it is finally over so we can enjoy some weekends... The last convention we did was Niagara Falls. It was a first for us and it was lots of fun. Definitely one we will keep an eye on.
JACKPOT BY DONALD CARON
This image above is the latest illustration by Donald Caron and it has been quite a hit at conventions so far! This stunning illustration is finally available in our store, by public demand! Donald is well on his way to illustrate all the Heroes of the North characters, with a Wild Rose, Mantis, Borealis and Lighthouse illustrations all currently in the works...
Our Mini Comics are a popular section of our Members section. It allows us to feature short stories in the Heroes of the North universe drawn by up and coming Canadian talents. The latest one is a Black Terror tale called Winging It! by Yann Brouillette & Jono Doiron with Colours by Aljosa Tomic, and it is one of those tales where Black Terror awakes from his drug induced trips to find himself in odd situations.
We are a bit behind on the mini comics release due to the conventions but we are back on track and we will make up for lost time! Thank you for your understanding! You guys are the best!
COMPENDIUM AND LEGACIES TRADE PAPERBACKS
Legacies and COMPENDIUM start shipping next week! Both trade paperbacks are near sold out already! Get your copies while there is still some! Or get them from our official retailers, listed below! Most have ordered copies.
Just like poor Jackie above, we know lots of you are waiting impatiently for the release of the episode. We have fixed most of the bugs and we are reasonably certain that we can do a proper release of the show this coming Saturday! We have been working night and day with people in three countries and two continents to get things finally just right for you folks! We are probably more anxious than you to see this unleashed into the world!!!
For the members, we have added a new section called BEHIND-THE-SCENES, accessible via the SHOOTING LOG if you are logged in and have the proper credentials. If you have not, well, it is never too late! You can get whatever structure you like: there is a price for every budgets! JUst visit our MEMBERS section, pick a plan, log in and voilà!
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!!!
Lyle Dunlop is on fire! He just churned out yet another spectacular photomontage featuring the deadly Jackpot (Dominique Arganese). Now if that does not make you want to see what she is capable of, what will?
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.
Editing for the Jackpot: Royal Flush, the first minisode of Season 2 is in progress - in fact it is almost done and the episode should head out for sound design and mix next week, which means it should be ready on time for its anticipated release date at the end of the month! The story is written by Michel Brouillette and stars Dominique Arganese as Jackpot. It details the tragic origins of the character. You can watch the teaser for this minisode right below:
For those who are still wondering - it apparently was not clear at the end of the teaser because of the Grindhouse style titles - the second Season will begin on January 30, 2014 with the Jackpot: Royal Flush episode.
Here is the synopsis:
Jackie Pothier just lost everything. Her pride and joy, her martial arts school, has been foreclosed, thanks to her self-centered gambling boyfriend, William Carter.
Trying to regain what he lost, William plays against Irish mob leader Ray O’Flynn. Things do not go as planned and Ray shows up at Jackie’s to collect his due. Things degenerate quickly and Jackie finds a new strength and a dark side of herself as she tries to survive this night of violence, pain and murder...
This episode will be followed by:
WILD ROSE: TRIAL AND TRIBULATIONS (February 28, 2014)
MANTIS: A WING AND A PRAYER (March 30, 2014)
SASKANA: SEED OF WRATH (April 30, 2014)
BOREALIS: CROSSING OVER (May 30, 2014)
We just completed shooting for the first of five Origins minisodes. This one stars Dominique Arganese as Jackpot, a former martial arts instructor pushed to the dark side by sinister events.
Prep is well underway for shooting the first Origins minisode next week - JACKPOT: Royal Flush, written by Michel Brouillette. Auditions on Monday. Props pick up on Tuesday, Fight training, costume fitting and photoshoot on Wednesday, second unit shooting on Thursday and All out brawling on Friday! Busy week ahead! It will be also the time to fulfill several of the shooting related IndieGogo perks.
We start shooting a first batch of Origins Episodes next week. That was not the original plan - we had to switch everything around due to a series of unfortunate circumstances that made several actors unavailable for a long period. And then winter came... So we will be shooting Season 2 in the spring instead, which is good because we have several scenes set in the spring!
However, that does not mean you will have to wait that long for your fix of HOTN episodes! We will shoot a series of 5 Origins minisodes (around 10 minutes each) which we will premiere starting at the end of January, releasing one a month until May. By then, Season 2 will have been shot and we will be releasing a 20 minutes episode every month from June until March 2014.
The first episode to go under the camera will be a spectacular Jackpot origins episode called Royal Flush, possibly one of the best episode of the series so far, written by Michel Brouillette. It will be up at the end of January.
Here is a first look at the costume design for a new Season 2 character called Jackpot, as illustrated by Christopher Yao. Hero? Villain? Perhaps a little bit of both? Only time will tell… Let us know your thoughts in the comments.