02.Dec.2013 Jai Granofsky’s 100% True Dreams
Posted originally on Jai’s blog here! We love us some good dream comics.
28.Nov.2013 Nicolas Plamondon 1990-2013
By Jack Ruttan
We weep a bit for Nicolas Plamondon, a young, up-and-coming comic artist who took his own life last weekend at age 23. He was not yet famous but well-known to many of the Montreal community.
His father owned Débédé, a prominent and venerable shop in Montreal for used comics and one presumes a partial source for his initiation and education in sequential arts. Nicolas began his life in Saint-Hippolyte, in the Laurentides region of Quebec. And he claimed to have been drawing since he was 14 months old.
“I love to draw. It’s as primordial as eating.”
In 2001, he created a 20-page fanzine called Megamag. His influences included Calvin and Hobbes, Arkham Asylum, Mike Mignola and Dave McKean. Montreal artist Eric Braün was another more immediate influence, with his wordless cynical gothic strips. Nico’s work echoed that dark vision and he became a regular at USINE 106U vernissages and exhibits.
Nicolas’ work also appeared in the fanzines Mensuhell, What the F***? and a collection called Cochon Lunaire. He’ll be deeply missed by those that knew him. With luck, his work that we have, little there was, will live on.
Le Blog de Nicolas Plamondon - Théâtre de Souffrance - Entrevue avec Nicolas Plamondon by Christine Faucher - À la mémoire de Nicolas Plamondon on Facebook - A “Veillée funèbre pour Nico Las” is planed for Dec 8 at Usine 106u - Official death notice from his family.
05.Nov.2013 “Trousers Aflame”
Well we just had to share this!
— Theo Moudakis (@TheoMoudakis) November 5, 2013
Hermes Press Publishing has launched a short lived [October 18, 2013 - November 07, 2013] crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to print a new, restored, hardcover edition of the original Arn Saba comix series Neil the Horse.
“Neil the Horse needs some help from his fans, and has turned to Indiegogo to get the job done! Hermes Press has launched a campaign to pay for the printing costs of Neil the Horse. This campaign is running from October 18, 2013 to November 7, 2013. All of the money will go towards printing costs, as Hermes Press wants to make sure that this classic title gets the treatment it deserves.”
The print edition option starts at $60, and currently there are no digital offerings. Something to write them to ask for perhaps? Collins was recently entered into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame for 2013, and you can catch a brand new interview with her on Inkstuds, posted just this week here.
23.Oct.2013 Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: The Animated Trailer
From Mike Valiquette’s excellent Canadian Animation Resources blog comes this awesome hint at might have been: an animated movie based on Chester Brown’s graphic biography of Louis Riel. Details at the link but credit goes to animator Nick Cross.
Item: Bio/Graphic: Autobiography in Comics, an art show examining the craft of telling personal stories through comics by showcasing the work of six Vancouver artists. Sean Karemaker, Sarah Leavitt, Miriam Libicki, Megan Speers, Jason Turner and Colin Upton all come from a wide variety of backgrounds, reflected in different themes, techniques and styles of original artwork on display in the gallery.
Item: Dave Lapp wrote us that he posted a cute video of him working with some kids at one of his workshops at the AGO. And he buried under that in his message the fact that he’s reached the 100th Children of the Atom post!
Item: The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association is fundraising to finance the annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators, consider helping out here.
Item: The Nelvana of the Northern Lights: Canada’s First Superheroine kickstarter has been kicking ass, with 4/5ths of the goal raised in just 4 days! Further proof there is an apatite for can-con adventure/action comics. True Patriot 2 is gearing up soon as well, it would be cool if this becomes a bit of a trend.
Item: Another nice looking can con comics kicksterter, that looks to be doing well, is Denis Rodier’s MAELSTROM, with a physical print edition recently added as well. Denis has a large base from working in both the EU and US markets and as musician. That, and of course good work, helps a lot with crowd funding.
Item: There is a thing called Mafcaf, the Monster and Fantasy Creative Arts Festival in Toronto this month.
23.Sep.2013 Cameron Stewart’s Sin Titulo Book Tour
by BK Munn
Cameron Stewart’s Eisner Award-winning webcomic Sin Titulo is being published as a complete graphic novel by Dark Horse this month and Stewart will be embarking on a continent-wide tour to promote the book during October and November, with Canadian stops in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.
Michel Viau charts the influence of Rodolphe Töpffer on early Québec BD.
Regis Philbert commented…
As I suspected, Rudolphe Topffer made an appearance in pre-Confederation Canadian print. Historian Michel Viau has dug up an image from Topffer’s 1937 Les Amours de Mr. Vieux – Bois (pirated in America as The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck) that appeared in as a woodcut in the Quebec satirical newspaper Le Scorpion in 1854. Wonderful find!
Michel’s original post was this; I’ve made a rough translation of it bellow.
Töpffer au Québec!
L’illustration du haut, une gravure sur bois, a été publiée dans Le Scorpion, un journal satirique publié à Montréal, en 1854 (no 1, 5 août 1854). Elle est composée d’éléments copiés dans Les Amours de Monsieur Vieux-Bois de Rodolphe Töpffer (1837).
À cet époque, cinq versions possibles de Monsieur Vieux-Bois pouvaient circuler au Québec : l’originale (1837) et sa seconde édition (1839), la traduction britannique (vers 1841), l’édition américaine (The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, 1842) ou, même encore, l’édition pirate française des éditions Aubert (1839).
Laquelle a servi d’inspiration au graveur québécois? On ne le saura probablement jamais…
Töpffer of Quebec!
A woodcut published in Le Scorpion, a satirical newspaper published in Montreal in 1854 (No. 1, August 5, 1854).
It consists of elements copied from Les Amours de Monsieur Vieux-Bois de Rodolphe Töpffer (1837). Seen in the bottom of the image.
At this time, five versions of Mr. Vieux Bois are known to have appeared in Quebec: the original (1837) a second edition ( 1839), the British translation (circa 1841), the American edition (The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, 1842) or even the French pirate editions Aubert edition (1839).
08.Aug.2013 MONSTROSITY in Previews
The MONSTROSITY comics anthology, a graphic homage to the monster movies and comics, handedly crowdfunded itself a few month back, and it’s publishers are eager to announce the book’s listing in the August Previews!
Featuring more than twenty stories with ‘monsters’ as the overarching theme. New works from creators like J. Bone (Multiple Eisner nominee and artist on DC’s Super Friends and IDW’s Rocketeer), Noel Tuazon (Eisner nominated artist on Archaia’s Tumor) and James Turner (SLG’s Warlord of Io, Rex Libris). Rising stars such as Michael Walsh (Image’s Comeback and IDW’s X-Files), and James Edward Clark (Shuster nominated EVIL). The stories in MONSTROSITY feature giant earth shaking monsters, telepathic bloodthirsty parasites, subterranean alien wyrms and possessed arctic way stations all with modern twists one would expect from the premier comic talent gathered within.
09.May.2013 The C-List: TCAF Preview
by Bk Munn
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival runs this weekend, May 11-12, at the Toronto Reference Library. Admission is free and there will be tons of unique world-class cartoonists (and their books and art!) on display. Let’s see, what last-minute news is out there? Julia Wertz and Blutch will not be in attendance, it seems. Cosplay and anxiety are actively discouraged.
TCAF is traditionally the place where many hotly-anticipated books are debuted, with artists working all year, right up to the last minute, trying to have a new book ready for the fest. TCAF trumpets a massive list of debut books on its site, including many from their international slate of headline guests, but I thought I’d highlight a selection here on Sequential, based on a few posts and tweets I’ve seen around the net and the odd email that creators have been nice enough to send my way. I’ll be posting a separate list of short reviews Friday of TCAF debuts I’ve actually seen and read, but here are some of the lesser-hyped unseen artifacts that you might want to check out at the show:
Item! Marc Bell will be exhibiting as part of the Wowee Zonk-curated small press section at TCAF. The latest thing from Bell’s Half World Books imprint is the just-published Cowabunga Schnauzer, which reprints in part a selection of full-colour strips he did for Maisonneuve magazine last year, as well as “several thoughtfully arranged details from new artworks including ‘Mr. Giant Stroller’, ‘Lucy Honeychurch’, ‘On/Off Solo Schnauzer Live!’” and “a modified version of Marc’s appearance in the March 2013 issue of Esquire UK.” In addition, Bell has hinted in correspondence with Sequential that he is “also making two others that may or may not happen. One is a tribute to [Norwegian comics collective] Dongery made with Tom Devlin.”
Item! I’ve enjoyed Roman Muradov’s comics in the NoBrow anthologies but I’m not that familiar with his other printed comics work. In preparation of the show, he has just completed the third issue of his The Yellow Zine, which you can see previewed here and read digitally here. Muradov will also be in the Wowee Zonk space at TCAF.
Item! Montreal’s Dan Kim is known for being recognized by a Japanese prize for his manga-inspired NNN webcomic and for an astounding kickstarter fundraiser for the same book that raised $40,000 over its $6000 goal. All of his comics have an atmospheric painterly inkwash look, great pacing, and bravura character design. Kim will have a number of poster prints and maybe even some actual print versions of his shorter comics for sale at the show.
Item! Nina Bunjevac, jewelry designer: “A little while ago I teamed up with the Toronto-based jewelry designer BBJ to create a small but exclusive collection of pendants, brooches and key-chains that feature my art. This year the festival falls on the Mother’s Day weekend, so come by and pick up something nice for that special lady in your life.”
Item! Some PR from UK outfit Great Beast Comics about cartoonist Adam Cadwell’s “Northern Slacker Vampire series” Blood Blokes the third issue of which will debut at TCAF: “Blood Blokes #3 sees Vince awaken in the vampire house with more than a few questions. When he discovers the hard way that going home isn’t an option he finds the life of a vampire to be alarmingly familiar, yet Vince still longs for a certain someone.”
Item! Russian mystery-man Uno Moralez is the feature artist in the first issue of Frontier, a new monograph art and comics series from Ryan Sands’ Youth in Decline publishing house: “Frontier #1: Uno Moralez is the first print collection of the mysterious and tantalizing work of talented Russian illustrator, Uno Moralez. Includes a number of full page spreads, narrative comics, and GIF art in printed form. (32 pages, Risograph-printed in black, fluorescent pink, burgundy, and teal ink.) Moralez is not at the show, I don’t think, but Sands is sharing a space with NYC’s Benjamin Marra.
Item! Wowee Zonk co-founder Patrick Kyle self-publishes under the Mother Books umbrella but has just made as far as I know his first venture into publishing the work of others with this new series by Keith Jones. I like Mr. Jones’ stupid plots and even stupider cartoon characters quite a bit. Described as containing “Jones’ newest work ‘Donut Daze’ where rival drivers clash in a garbage encrusted drag race through a post-apocalyptic roadside donut den. Scrawled masterfully in Jones’ unmistakeable erratic style” (24 pages, Colour Risograph, $5). I’ve seen someof this previewed on Jones’ tumblr and am very excited to get a hold of a print copy. His work is also on display in an ongoing art show (“Budsies”) at Capital Espresso (1349 Queen Street W) and at the take-out joint he owns, Hot n’ Dog (216 Close Ave off of Queen St. W). It looks like publisher Kyle will also have some of his own new comics, smartly titled New Comics, on hand for the show.
Item! I thought the first issue of Eric Kostiuk Williams’ Hungry Bottom Comics was a smart and sophisticated autobio comics debut and was part of the team that nominated it for a Doug Wright Spotlight Award. The second issue of Williams’ series is set to drop at TCAF. I think this might be one of the included pieces? Worth checking out, especially if candid, academically-tinged, and graphic youthful ruminations on relationships in the Toronto gay dating scene are your bag.
24.Apr.2013 Great Canadian Superheroes: Dishman
Happy Birthday to John Macleod, creator of Dishman, king of the Canadian superheroes!
by BK Munn
Look Straight Ahead, the first graphic novel by Saskatchewan’s Elaine M. Wil, will be distributed in print form for Fall 2013 by Cupertino, California-based Alternative Comics, run by publisher Marc Arsenault. Originally serialized online, the comic was among the last to win a Xeric grant, shortly before the prizes were discontinued a year ago. Advanced copies of the graphic novel, whose subject is mental illness, will be available at TCAF.
According to a press release, The final Xeric grants were handed out in May 2012. One of the very last books to be released from that batch is Look Straight Ahead by Elaine M. Will; and it will be distributed through Alternative Comics. This is an astounding debut graphic novel from this young Canadian artist. DC Comics’ writer Gail Simone says of the book, “Look Straight Ahead is the comic I didn’t know I couldn’t live without”.
The publisher also plans to debut the anthology Alternative Comics #4 at TCAF showcasing a David Lasky feature by Inkstuds’ host Robin McConnelland comics by Theo Ellsworth (The Understanding Monster) & Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Sam Alden (Eighth Grade), James Kochalka (SuperF*ckers), Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle), Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo), Grant Snider (Incidental Comics), Alex Schubert (Blobby Boys), Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time), and Allison Cole (Never Ending Summer).
Full disclosure, this if a personal project of the publisher of this site.
Mark Sable (Graveyard of Empires, Unthinkable) and our own Salgood Sam (Sea of Red, Therefore Repent!) would like to tell you a story, about how the young prince of wallachia lots his soul and became Bram Stokers’ Dracula.
Described as starting in young Vlad’s childhood, “he will learn hard early lessons in politics and betrayal, as a young prince in his native Wallachia. As a prisoner of the Ottoman Turks, how to inflict pain and instill fear in his enemies. And of the dark arts in a scholomance hidden on Lake Hermannstadt.”
Their Kickstarter got off to a great start but is in need of some help to make it’s goal. They are looking to raise 14k, to fund getting the book drawn, and pay for special editions created for the drive. With the bulk of the fund going to supporting Salgood Sam while he draws the book. A case of being able to directly back an independent creator while they make a book for you, personally!
They have a smart set of rewards that include a range of limited editions – drive only trade paperbacks, hand bound soft and hard leather bound editions. Art is on the table, writing chores, walk on parts for a few. One backer is even having Mark read the story to them poolside and getting swimming lessons!
Both creators have a track record in mainstream and independent comics of producing strong work. Dracula is a totally independent production, with the initial planned limited print editions being put out by Salgood’s boutique imprint Spilt Ink exclusively, And slated to be serialized in Salgood’s Revolver Quarterly for the general audience.
The same roof under which his upcoming graphic novel Dream Life will be released. Scheduled to drop at TCAF 2013 in Toronto, May 17-18th. A nearly full preview of Dream Life can be read online. It’s a different genre but contains some beautiful examples of his work. He completed that book as well with the help of a successful funding drive on Indiegogo, making this his second crowdfunding venture.
The Kickstarter dive is ending on the 17th of April, if they fall short of the goal it’s going to be by a slim margin, Mark and Sam are considering trying again there in that case, or using indiegogo perhaps. But would much rather entertain your pledges now to make it the first time.
Jamie Coville, independent roving comics reporter,
sent us his selection of recordings and photos from the recent convention.
Ty Templeton’s How To Write a Graphic Novel (47:32, 43.5mb)
Ty gave a shortened version of the workshops he gives at his Comic Book Boot Camp. while walking around and engaging the audience. Ty is an excellent teacher, I’ll be putting this one on my ipod myself to hear what he has to say.
Mike Zeck Spotlight (40:00, 36.6mb)
Moderated by Fred Kennedy, Mike Zeck talks about his career and doing licensing work vs drawing comic book stories. I’ll give you a guess of a hint having not yet listened, it involves something that looks like a marked up S?
Sketch Duel: Mike McKone and Lee Weeks (50:34, 46.3mb)
Mike McKone and Lee Weeks draw the Hulk for the sketch duel while people in the audience give suggestions? Thankfully, being a recording, while they sketch they answered some questions for the audience too. The panel was moderated by Fred Kennedy too. He’s good so it should be a decent listen.
Sketch Panel: Joe Jusko (53:03, 48.6mb)
Scheduled to be a sketch duel between Joe Jusko and Mark Texeira but Texeira did not show up so Joe talks while he draws on his own. No mention of moderator for this one.
Jamie Coville hosts these and much more on his site here.
18.Feb.2013 “I did Maus and I did this page.”
Notes on Art Spiegelman in Vancouver @ the VAG
By David Lester
As he puffed on a cigarette, Art Spiegelman was charming and witty in conversation despite the meandering questions of Vancouver Art Gallery curator Bruce Grenville. In town for the opening of the art gallery’s retrospective of Spiegelman’s work called CO-MIX, the artist touched on his origins as a cartoonist at Topps Bubblegum; the stain glass window of art he created at the request of his former high school; the importance of Robert Crumb, Spain, S. Clay Wilson; his New Yorker covers; and making prints from stone.
In reference to a projected slide Spiegelman talked about how it was a page of art he is proud of and it “took six months to draw,” and he thought it weird to be able to say in retrospect “I did Maus and I did this page.”
He pointed out the unique qualities inherent in comics to be able to compress a story. For Maus, Spiegelman wanted the art to have a hand drawn feel but the look of a font. And how Maus “was built around language.”
Spiegelman noted the ongoing debates over comics as high art or low art, and his annoyance at Roy Lichtenstein. “Lichtenstein did no more for comics than Warhol did for soup,” he said.
Art Spiegelman CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps runs until June 9, 2013 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
19.Dec.2012 Pretty Pictures: Pascal Girard’s Xmas Chicken
(the original art for this image is available through The Beguiling art store for only $120!)
26.Oct.2012 Friday Flashback: Atomic Chartier
Some Cold War hijinks from this undated Onésime strip by Albert Chartier (1912-2004). Reprinted in the Quebec version of Archie comics published by Éditions Héritage (Archie #111, 1980). Look at those lines. Great figures, composition. Great comics!
23.Oct.2012 Canzine Toronto 2012 – Comics Survey
By Dalton Sharp
They could have called it Canzine: The Return of the Comic Book. There was huge number of new books on offer. It seemed like every second table was a cartoonists. The following is a small sampling.
Dave Lapp and Nina Bunjevac tabled for Conundrum Press. Both are enjoying great reviews, Dave for People Around Here, Nina for Heartless. If you’re not following their blogs, well, you’re cheating your eyeballs! davelappcomics.blogspot.ca and ninabunjevac.com
The men from Nipple Factory: Adam VanHorne (Counter Balance) and Rodrigo Bravo (Counter Balance: Jungle Fever) have books that tie in with each other. Each has beauty art and wonderfully strange storylines. Buy their stuff now, so you can say you knew them when. http://nipplefactoryinc.tumblr.com/