[Video Interview] SDCC 2019: David M. Booher & Drew Zucker of IDW Publishing’s CANTO

PopCultHQ made an appearance for a couple of days at this year’s 50th Annual Comic Con International: San Diego 2019. When we first heard we would be on-hand at the granddaddy of all comic conventions, we broke the news online that PopCultHQ would be in the house! Shortly after our announcement, I received a DM from a comic creator asking if I’d be interested in interviewing him and his co-creator at the show. When I saw who it was and the book in which they were promoting (issue one had released about 2 weeks prior), the choice was immediate – oh hell yeah, I wanted this interview! That being said, one of the most enjoyable interviews I had the privilege to conduct was with the creators of CANTO, writer David M. Booher (Alien Bounty Hunter, Powerless) and artist Drew Zucker (The House), to discuss their series at IDW Publishing.

Canto #5 – Cover A by Drew Zucker

An all-ages fable inspired by Wizard of Oz and Dante’s Inferno, CANTO is part fantasy, part adventure. But at its core, it’s all heart. Co-created by Booher & Zucker, the six-issue miniseries was a sensation from its initial debut. Along with colorist Vittorio Astone and letterer Deron Bennett, the team has put together something special, something magical with this all-ages title. Fans are most certainly in agreement, as issue one sold out, which meant a second printing for the premiere issue. But it didn’t stop there…the second printing ALSO sold out! IDW rushed the book back for a third printing! The response was overwhelming and there was a rush of excitement from fans wanting to tag along in this journey of the little tin man. I, personally, wanted to take this trip as well, which made the interview opportunity with Drew and David offered to PopCultHQ a no-brainer. The only thing hotter than the weather at SDCC this year was these two and their brilliant work of art.

So take a look at the details of CANTO #1, check out its preview pages, and then sit back and chill as I chat with two of the coolest creators I met this year at SDCC, David M. Booher & Drew Zucker, about their hit sensation that took over the nation – CANTO – from the IDW booth at SDCC 2019!

Canto #1 (of 6)

Writer: David M. Booher
Artist: Drew Zucker
Colorist: Vittorio Astone
Letterer: Deron Bennett

Cover Artist:
Cover A: Drew Zucker & Vittorio Astone
Retailer Incentive Variant: Nick Robles

FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Release Date: June 26, 2019

Canto’s adventure begins! Enslaved for generations, Canto’s people once had hearts. Now they have clocks. When slavers damage a little tin girl’s clock beyond repair, Canto must brave his strange and fantastic world to bring back her heart. Can he overcome the dangers that await to save the one he loves?

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RELATED: [Preview] IDW Publishing’s CANTO #2

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RELATED: [Preview] IDW Publishing’s CANTO #3


PopCultHQ Interviews
David M. Booher & Drew Zucker

A very special thanks to David and Drew for taking the time out to chat with us about their incredible series. Be sure to check out why everyone is excited by CANTO by visiting your local comic shop or favorite online retailer and picking up issues 1-3. And be sure to snag CANTO #4 when it arrives in stores on Wednesday, September 11th. This is a journey you do NOT want to miss!


Writer – David M. Booher

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Artist – Drew Zucker

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Colorist – Vittorio Astone

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Letterer – Deron Bennett

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Publisher – IDW Publishing

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Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC)

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Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's chief editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. One with the Force. Browncoats Unite! So say we all! Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett

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