How to become a comic artist in Canada
The hockey world is in an uproar over a comic about a hockey player that was published by the NHL’s umbrella academy and the Academy of Illustrators.
The comic, which was titled “The Hockey Player,” was published on the Academy’s website and went on sale on Monday.
The cartoon was originally going to be a story of a hockey coach who coaches a teenage boy on the ice.
It had a plot line involving a young hockey player and the coach who is an older, wiser man.
But the story took a darker turn when the artist who illustrated it, Tony DiCola, was arrested last month for the rape and murder of his wife.
A few weeks later, the Academy released a statement apologizing to the family, saying that DiCola’s wife had suffered “significant emotional and physical abuse and neglect.”
“The Academy deeply regrets any pain that this story may have caused, especially to the DiCola family, but also to the thousands of people across the country who were touched by the comic and who shared its message,” the statement read.
“Our heart goes out to those who have been impacted by the graphic nature of the story.”
But the Academy said the story was not “the artist’s intent.”
“I can assure you that it was not intended to offend anyone,” said academy president and CEO Tom Holman in a statement to CBC News.
“I would ask that the reader, as well as the public, understand that this is not our intention.
It is a very personal story, which we deeply regret.”
Holman said he had talked to the artist in an attempt to make him feel better.
“The message of this story is that it is not appropriate for a cartoonist to be depicted in this way,” he said.
“We hope that the story can serve as a catalyst to create a change in the culture around sexual assault.”
The Academy said it is “deeply saddened” by the allegations against DiCola.
“We understand that the cartoon has been used in a very offensive manner, and we are taking immediate action to review the cartoon to ensure it is appropriate for the Academy and the broader comic community,” the academy said in a news release.
“At the same time, we hope that those who may have shared the story will now consider what kind of message it could have for them and the people they love.”
The academy said it has been in contact with DiCola and will provide him with counselling and support services.
Holman also promised that the academy will be “strongly” defending the artistic rights of its artists.
“I will not be intimidated,” he told CBC News, adding that the comic will remain on the academy’s website until it is removed from the website.
Holm said he has spoken with DiCaro, who is scheduled to appear in court Monday, and will be present to defend the artist.
He said he is “a person of strong character,” but said he does not believe the artist was involved in the “despicable” crime.
“There is no question that he was deeply hurt by this and it will take him some time to recover from it,” he added.
“He is a deeply respected artist.
I think the best thing we can do for him is to help him get back on the right path.”
A spokesperson for the academy told CBC that it will be making no further comment on the matter.
Holeman said the comic had already sold 1,000 copies.
“If we had sold 2,000, we would have had a huge amount of money in the bank,” he explained.
“But we have sold 1.5 million copies, so we are very proud.”