Yes, that Jay Baruchel, star of This Is The End and How To Train Your Dragon. Chapterhouse Comics, Canada's largest comic book publisher and home to such titles as Captain Canuck and Freelance, proudly announced the actor, writer and director as their new investor, owner and Chief Creative Officer.
Headed by CEO Fadi Hakim, Chapterhouse Comics has made leaps and bounds in promoting Canadian talent, and it was this which attracted Baruchel to getting involved. As Baruchel recounts,
"What started with a conversation about bringing Captain Canuck to the big screen very quickly evolved into my asking Fadi if I could invest in Chapterhouse. As both a patriot, and a lifelong nerd, the breadth of vision and daring that Chapterhouse had already displayed in their two short years was nothing short of staggering.
"This was the kind of thing we'd talk and dream about as Canadian kids – a home grown Canadian extended comic book universe. This was both an adventure and holy mission, and one I knew I had to be a part of."
Chapterhouse and Baruchel plan to take the company and their characters to new heights, as Baruchel succinctly puts it: "We want to be the home for superheroes the big publishers don't have the balls to create."
Recently, Baruchel co-wrote the Captain Canuck: Year One Free Comic Book Day edition with Chapterhouse Editor-in-Chief and series writer, Kalman Andrasofsky. The first in a three part series with art by Marcus To and covers by David Finch.
And after two years, Chapterhouse also begins partnership with Diamond Books, bringing their titles reach further around the world, reaching into North America and Europe, and they have hopes to keep spreading their reach and bring Canadian heroes to the world.