About Mark Shainblum

Mark Shainblum is a Ottawa-based science fiction, fantasy and comic book writer. His prose fiction has appeared in magazines like On Spec, Would That It Were, Thousand Faces and the anthology Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic. In 1997 Mark and John Dupuis co-edited the Aurora Award-winning alternate history book Arrowdeams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas, published by Signature Editions. In comics Mark wrote adaptations of Michael Moorcock's classic Corum novels for First Comics in collaboration with Ken Hooper and Jill Thompson, and also wrote and co-created the critically acclaimed independent superhero series Northguard with Gabriel Morrissette. In a slightly different comics domain, Mark is well-known in Canada as the co-creator of Angloman, a political parody series first published by Signature Editions in two bestselling books. Angloman later appeared as a weekly comic strip in the Montreal Gazette. Mark has also worked as a literary columnist, a technology journalist and a media relations officer for a major Canadian university. In the real world, Mark is husband to Andrea, and daddy to Maya.

Mark Shainblum and Claude Lalumière to edit Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen

Anthology opens to submissions on 30 October 2014

Image: Wikimedia. Creative Commons Share-Alike 2.0.Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Multi-award winning author and editor Claude Lalumière and SF Canada member and past-President Mark Shainblum will be co-editing the 19th edition of the Tesseracts anthology series from EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing.

Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen will be just what the title implies, the best in prose superhero fiction from the best authors in Canada,” said Shainblum. “I’m thrilled to be working on this project with Claude and EDGE. It’s going to be something special.”

From the official call for submissions

Superheroes! Supervillains! Superpowered antiheroes. Super scientists. Adventurers into the unknown. Costumed crimefighters. Mutant superterrorists. Far-future supergroups. Crusading aliens in a strange land. Secret histories of covert superspies … and more! We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!

Click here for full submission information

Mark Shainblum featured in Lost Heroes documentary

SF Canada member Mark Shainblum is one of several Canadian comic book creators featured and interviewed in the new documentary Lost Heroes: The Untold Story of Canadian Lost Heroes Movie PosterSuperheroes, produced and directed by Wil Pascoe.

In collaboration with comic artist Gabriel Morrissette, Shainblum wrote and co-created the Canadian superhero comic Northguard and the political humour series Angloman. He also worked on the classic Canadian comic book hero Captain Canuck and the weekly webcomic Canadiana. Shainblum is also an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer and editor, and served as president of SF Canada in 2002-03.

Lost Heroes explores the hidden history of Canada’s comic book superheroes. From Canada’s Golden Age when millions of children read the tales of Inuit goddess Nelvana of the Northern Lights, to the thrilling days when Canadian heroes returned to the newsstands and comicshops with characters like Captain Canuck and Cerebus, Lost Heroes celebrates the unique Canadian talent behind these characters and asks why can’t Canada keep its heroes?

Lost Heroes is a Middle Child Films / Farpoint Films production, and airs throughout March, 2014 on the Canadian cable channel Superchannel. It also has theatrical showings in Toronto, Winnipeg and at the Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle.

Click here for showtimes.