Q) The Classic Canuck back-up stories in the first 6 issues of the modern Captain Canuck series have been very well received by fans. How did you get involved in writing them? Ed Brisson
Almost accidentally. I was doing an interview for COMEBACK, way back in 2013, and one of the questions I got asked was "If you could write any superhero, who would it be?" Of course, I said Captain Canuck, which I think took the host back a bit.
After the interview, the host, Nicole, asked me to hold on the line. She told me that her boyfriend, George was involved in the relaunch of Canuck and was a fan of my work. She offered to put us in touch. The rest is history!
Q) Captain Canuck has been around for over 40 years, how familiar were you with him before the newest relaunch?
I grew up reading Captain Canuck. As a kid, I used to buy the Captain Canuck three packs from Bi-Way. You could never see what the middle comic was in the three pack, so I had a lot of duplicate issues. A LOT.
But, yeah, I've been reading Canuck since sometime in the early 80s and followed each incarnation -- including the 90s series and West Coast Canuck. I've been telling people for YEARS that I would one day work on a Canuck book.
So, I'd say, pretty familiar.
Q) There have been four Captains, Tom Evans, Darren Oak, David Semple & Tom again in the modern title. You’re focused on the original Tom Evans, but what about the original universe and cast? Where do they fit in?
You know, I'd love to bring Darren and David in at some point. Not sure where they stand, rights-wise though.
As to the original cast, you're going to see a lot of familiar faces in the new series, but I don't want to spoil anything for readers. Just know that we'll see some of Canuck's friends -- and foes -- playing fairly major roles.
That's not to say that the series is going to be all fan service. The plan is to bring in new characters as well. I want the book to feel fresh, while still paying tribute to its past.
Q) The back-up stories & case file were all collected in the #0 issue releasing soon, but if a fan missed that, what would they need to know going into All New Classic Captain Canuck #1 available at the end of March?
All they really need to know is that, after the end of the original series, Canuck is trapped in the past (1985) and desperate to get back to his own timeline (1994).
Q) Outside of the time frame in which he starts out & the uniform, what are the major differences between your Classic Captain Canuck and the Modern Captain Canuck?
Well, Classic Canuck lives in a futuristic 1994, where Canada is a world leader. This future 1994 is an as-imagined-in-1975 future 1994 though and that's something I fully intend on maintaining. When/if we get to 1994 in the comic, it'll be treated like it was in the old series. As we move forward, that will be maintained. So, should they jump to, say, 2016, it'll be a 2016 that is a future of the above 1994.
The closest proxy for Modern Captain Canuck that I can come up with is that he's more akin to Marvel's Ultimate line. An updated, modernized version of the old. His whole world has been reimagined, with a new origin and a changing up of his supporting cast.
I think it's great that we can have both. Canuck fans get to have their cake AND eat it too.
Q) Lastly, can you tell us something about yourself that you might deem quirky or unique? An interest, Hobby or favourite thing to do that fans may not know about you?
This question just made me realize how boring I am!
When I'm not writing comics, I'm usually devouring books and films. I'm a huge, huge film fan -- everything from super-trashy, 70s & 80s b-movies to foreign arthouse films. If I had my way, I'd watch two to three films a day. But, these days, I'm lucky if I watch two to three movies a week.