Actor Jay Baruchel has been named Chief Creative Officer of Chapterhouse Comics. This comes as part of a larger deal where the How To Train Your Dragon star has become an investor/co-owner in the Canadian publisher run by CEO/founder Fadi Hakim.
“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,” Baruchel said. “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."
Chapterhouse Comics was founded in 2015, establishing itself with the acquisition of the long-running Canadian superhero Captain Canuck. Describing itself as "Canada's largest comic book publisher," Chapterhouse keys into Canadian patriotism in many of its titles.
“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," said the Canadian actor. “We want to be the home for superheroes the big publishers don’t have the balls to create.”
Baruchel is best known as the lead voice actor in Dreamworks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon, and also appeared in such movies as Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, She's Out Of My League, and This Is The End and the recently-concluded FXX series Man Seeking Woman.
Baruchel began working with Chapterhouse earlier this year, co-writing the Free Comic Book Day one-shot Captain Canuck: Year One with the character's regular series writer Kalman Andrasofszky, who also serves as the company's Editor-In-Chief.
The news of Baruchel's investment comes just after Chapterhouse entered a larger distribution partnership with Diamond Comics Distributors and its Diamond Books division, with plans to have their work in "big box" retailers such as Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Borders, Chapters, and more.