Jay Baruchel joins Toronto comics publisher Chapterhouse Publishing

The actor and filmmaker will be the part-owner, chief creative officer and investor of the two-year-old publishing house.
Jay Baruchel made his feature film directorial debut with Goon: Last of the Enforcers this year. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Actor and filmmaker Jay Baruchel is bringing his talents to Canada's comics scene, joining Toronto's Chapterhouse Publishing as part-owner, chief creative officer and investor.

Baruchel owns part of the company alongside founder and CEO Fadi Hakim. Since launching in 2015, Chapterhouse Publishing has become the home of characters like Captain Canuck — created by Richard Comely and Ron Leishman in 1975 — and The Pitiful Human-Lizard by Jason Loo.

Baruchel says he first got in touch with Hakim to talk about making movies about Canadian superheroes.

"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," says Jay.

"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."

As chief creative officer, Baruchel will be overseeing the Chapterhouse verse's expansion, writing some comics and producing, writing and directing animated and live-action projects.

The How to Train Your Dragon and This Is the End star recently co-wrote Captain Canuck: Year One alongside Kalman Andrasofszky, which will lead off a short series. He also made his feature film directorial debut with Goon: Last of the Enforcers this year.

Baruchel was a Canada Reads panellist in 2013, defending Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.