Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Whazamo! Profile: Jo Rioux

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Whazamo! Profile: Jo Rioux

Jo Rioux




Latest work:
I illustrated Mummy Mayhem from author Mary Labatt's A Sam and Friends Mystery series, due to come out in Fall 2010.

What's it about in a nutshell:
Sam is a dog who fancies herself a detective, and sets out to solve mysteries in the small town of Woodford with the help of her human friends Jennie and Beth. In this third installment of the series, Sam is convinced she's been cursed by a Mummy.

What first inspired you to create comics or graphic novels?
-I grew up on this stuff — especially the French and Belgian "bandes-dessinées". Later on in my teens I read a lot of manga, and that's probably what first sparked the idea of working in comics. It's a type of storytelling I'm fascinated by.

What for you makes a comic or graphic novel AWESOME!?
I've seen comics stand almost completely on their art and visual design, and some others shine simply through their storytelling and dialogue. Personally though, I think an AWESOME comic needs good pacing and a compelling storyline. The art should serve the story and not distract from it.

What subjects are you obsessed with?
Alchemy, Jungian psychology and finding my favorite animated TV shows from my childhood.

If you weren't doing comics or graphic novels, what would you be doing?
That's a scary thought! I can't really imagine myself doing anything else — but I'm sure it would have to do with drawing or writing. I can't escape it!

What's your favourite graphic novel of all time?
If I had to pick just one, I'd say the Ranma 1/2 series by Rumiko Takahashi — I must have read it 10 times already. She's a terrific artist and a comedic genius!

What are you working on now?
It's a very exciting time for me right now, as I'm just working out the plans for my first graphic novel with Kids Can as an author/illustrator. I can't give too many details at this point, but it's due to come out in Spring 2012 and will deal with some of my favorite subjects: monsters, magic and finding your home.

Jo Rioux was born and raised in Ottawa. She spent her childhood reading too many comics and too few school books. After high school she pursued her artistic schooling at Sheridan College. Now back in the lush suburbs of her home town, she works, reads and plays video games from home.

For more information about Mummy Mayhem please visit the Kids Can Press website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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