PREVIEW: Jay Baruchel Brings Captain Canuck to Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is nearly here, and the offering from Toronto-based Chapterhouse Comics features, appropriately enough, Captain Canuck -- with the start of a new "Year One" story co-written by comics newcomer and "Man Seeking Woman" star Jay Baruchel.

Baruchel joins returning "Captain Canuck" writer Kalman Andrasofszky for the story, which is said to be the first of a three-part tale and is illustrated by Marcus To, recently of "Joyride" and "Nightwing," along with a cover by David Finch. The issue also includes a "Die Kitty Die" back-up story, from Archie Comics vets Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz.

"Captain Canuck is a true Canadian icon and it is a humble honor to be involved in helping to shape the next generation of Canuck sagas for a new generation of readers and fans, as well as the die-hards that have followed Cap on his journey from the beginning," Baruchel said in a press release. "Chapterhouse is doing very awesome stuff as they breathe new life into the world of Canadian comics. I am proud to be joining their ranks in this incredible adventure as we work hard to bring exciting stories and classic heroes to life for readers across Canada."

Fitting the typically busy day of signings for writers and artists, most of the creators of Chatperhouse's FCBD issue have appearances slated for Free Comic Book Day: Baruchel and Andrasofszky are scheduled to sign on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop in Toronto; Parent will sign from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street Comics in Middletown, New York; and Ruiz will sign 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dewey's Comic City in Madison, New Jersey.

CBR has a preview of Chapterhouse's FCBD 2017 "Captain Canuck" issue and the "Die Kitty Die" story, available for free this Saturday, May 6, at participating comic book stores.

(W) Jay Baruchel, Kalman Andrasofszky (A) Marcus To (CA) David Finch

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(W) Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz (A) Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz

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