Late to post, sequential is still enjoying a bit of down time post TCAF.
Hosted by actor and comedian Scott Thompson the best in Canadian comics were honoured at the 9th annual Doug Wright Awards. The fun and unpredictable ceremony was attended by more than 300 people including some of North America’s best cartoonists.
This year’s recipients of the top honours were:
Best Book: The Song of Roland, by Michel Rabagliati
The Spotlight Award (aka “The Nipper”): Nina Bunjevac for Heartless
Pigskin Peters Award: Hamilton Illustrated, by David Collier
Held as a feature event of the 2013 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), the evening also saw Albert Chartier inducted into The Giants of the North, the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame.
The winners were decided by a jury that included: Joe Ollmann, PascalGirard, Jonathan Goldstein, Natalia Yanchak and Julie Delporte.
Read more of the awards nominees and winners at www.wrightawards.ca
Nova Scotia based Conundrum Press’s summer line press proudly declares they are “stepping up their game”, rolling out five titles at TCAF. Three authored by Doug Wright Award winners and two by featured guests of the festival.
One of those guests is Michel Rabagliati. His latest translated work, Paul Joins the Scouts will be a heavy hitter for Conundrum likely, especially given the added attention of his DWA nomination this year for The Song of Roland. Also from the BDANG line is Obituary Man. The third book to be translated from the French from Quebec City native Philippe Girard.
Another featured guest, this one appearing for the first time in Canada is Hong Kong artist Chihoi. In support of his first book in English, The Library. A book of Kafkaesque stories, it’s the inaugural release under Conundrum International Imprint.
The Grey Museum is a galactic romp from former Doug Wright Award winner, Toronto native and recently, record shop proprietor, Lorenz Peter. And Science Fiction is the follow-up to Joe Ollmann’s widely popular Mid-Life which was nominated for a Doug Wright Award. Montreal-based Ollmann won the Doug Wright Award in 2007 for This Will All End in Tears.
Conundrum & Koyama Press are teaming up for the launch of two graphic novels, both by artists being published in English for the first time. The Library by Chihoi will be presented with Journal by Julie Delporte at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Tuesday, May 14, at 7PM.
Conundrum’s publisher Andy Brown says he thinks it’s a significant event in part because it brings the three prominent Canadian publishers Conundrum, Koyama, and Drawn & Quarterly together under one roof for a day, ”…all the Canadian comics publishers together in harmony”.
The Doug Wright Awards announced today that actor/comedian Scott Thompson [Kids in the Hall & Hannibal] will be the host for its 9th annual awards ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Toronto!
One of the founding member of The Kids in the Hall, Thompson is known for his starring roles in the CBC Television show Death Come to Town, appearances on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, the 1996 feature film Brain Candy, and most recently is part of the cast of the NBC series Hannibal playing a forensics specialist!
He’s also a practiced host of awards, having done so for Canada`s Genie Awards in 2004, So if there was any doubt that the mind behind Buddy Cole would have any problem roasting. Hah! It should make for a fun night!
“With his outrageous sense of humour and impeccable comic timing, Scott is a perfect fit to helm our annual awards ceremony,” said Doug Wright Awards Director Brad Mackay. “As a long-time fan of his work on The Kids in the Hall and The Larry Sanders Show, I couldn’t be more happy that he`s agreed to lend his talents and time to our event. Welcome aboard!”
For more information, visit wrightawards.ca.
And now some Buddy…
Scott also has a very fun podcast, you should subscribe!
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.
21.Mar.2013 The 2013 Doug Wright Awards short-list
A feature event at TCAF, The Doug Wright Awards announced their 2013 finalists this morning.
The 9th annual awards short-list includes established creators, past winners, and many first-time nominees. They also unveiled the official poster drawn by 2012 Best Book Award winner & 2013 nominee, Ethan Rilly.
The 2013 Doug Wright Award nominees for Best Book are:
- Lose #4 by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
- By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
- The Song of Roland by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press)
- Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)
- Wax Cross by Tin Can Forest (Koyama Press)
The 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award nominees are:
(a.k.a. “The Nipper” recognizing talents worthy of wider recognition)
- Nina Bunjevac for Heartless (Conundrum Press)
- Brandon Graham for King City (Image Comics)
- Patrick Kyle for Black Mass, Distance Mover, Wowee Zonk #4
- George Walker for The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (The Porcupine’s Quill)
- Eric Kostiuk Williams for Hungry Bottom Comics
The 2013 Pigskin Peters Award nominees are:
(Recognizing the best in experimental and avant-garde comics)
- Hamilton Illustrated by David Collier (Wolsak & Wynn)
- Hellberta #2 and “Sir Softly” from š! #12, by Michael Comeau
- Michael DeForge, Larry Eisenstein, Jesse Jacobs, Mark Laliberte (editor), Marc Ngui, Ethan Rilly, Tin Can Forest and Magda Trzaski for 4PANEL, a special comics features in Carousel Magazine #28 and #29
- Ginette Lapalme for “So, what should we do with ourselves?…” from Wowee Zonk #4 and “Little Stump” in š! #12
The Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame announce that the Quebec cartoonist Albert Chartierwill be posthumously inducted uring the May 11, 2013 ceremony in Toronto. Chartier died in 2004 ending an extraordinary career that lasted more than 65 years during which he drew several popular comic strips including Séraphin, Les Canadiens and Onésime. Onésime is his most well-known work, running for 59 years from November 1943 until June 2002.
About the DWA: Founded in 2004, The Doug Wright Awards recognize the best in English-language comics (or translations of French) by Canadian cartoonists. Now in their ninth year, the Awards will be handed out at a ceremony at Toronto’s Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel on Saturday May 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
The Doug Wright Awards will also be holding a fundraising auction of original art this spring by more than a dozen well-known Canadian cartoonists, including Chester Brown, Seth, Michael DeForge, Michael Cho, John Martz, David Collier and David Boswell.
The finalists for the 2013 Doug Wright Awards were chosen from a long list of more than 120 100 works and submissions published during the 2012 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee included Jerry Ciccoritti, Seth, Bryan Munn, Chris Randle and Sean Rogers.
For more information about the DWAs:
Media inquiries: Shireen Cuthbert email@example.com
Full disclosure, Salgood Sam is I, is the publisher of this blog. Hi. Pardon, but I have some news…
Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, a comic book chronicling Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula.
We know the story of the Vlad Tepes, the so-called “historical Dracula”. But how did a 15th century “Impaler” become the world’s most notorious vampire? This first, heavily-researched book in this series will start with Vlad Dracula’s childhood. He’ll learn early, hard lessons in politics and betrayal as a young prince in his native Wallachia and Transylvania as a prisoner of the Ottoman Turks. Then, drawing from hints in Bram Stoker’s novel, we’ll begin to learn how Vlad became introduced the Dark Arts at the infamous Scholomance.
To survive his adolescence, young Prince Vlad believes he must kill in the name to serve the Holy Roman Order of The Dragon. But when the same Church that sanctified these deeds denies him access to Heaven, he’ll realize the only way to escape eternal damnation is the immortality that only the undead can grant.
Our hope is with your help, to use Kickstarter to finance the production of the first 60-page volume of Dracula: Son of the Dragon and publish a set of limited first run editions.
These will range from digital editions to hand bound leather tomes designed to evoke the 15th century printing of Vlad Dracula’s reign.
Part of your contribution will go towards compensating Salgood for his time drawing, toning and hand-lettering the story. The rest of the money we raise will go towards financing the manufacture of the first planed editions for backers, and cover the shipping for the same.
This will include four limited edition print versions of the book available exclusively for backers.
- A drive-only black and white trade paperback “ashcan” edition with a generous amounts of support material making it 90 pages in all.
- A first run full-color trade paperback edition.
- A limited, Leatherette hand bound and letterpress style printed soft cover bound by Soundless Soliloquy.
- And, an exclusive leather-bound, hand tooled and bound collector’s copy by No Bar Code Press.
These first editions of Dracula: Son of the Dragon will be self-published by Salgood Sam, using local artisans for the hand-made limited editions, and CreateSpace for the trade-paperbacks. The first print collections will be delivered to packers in May of 2014. A Separate retail edition will also be made available shortly after, sans the extra features that distinguish the special editions for backers.
Digital versions of the story will be serialized quarterly in Salgood’s RevolveЯ Quarterly, starting in mid to late 2013. (All backers over $15 will receive a 6 issues subscription to digital editions of RevolveЯ).
In addition, we’re offering a variety of perks, including original artwork, script consultation from writer (and writing instructor) Mark Sable, even the chance to appear in the book as a character!
Here’s the big ask. We need $14,000 to make this all happen, and humbly ask for your support.
If we are fortunate enough to surpass the first goal, our plan is to offer additional runs of the limited edition print books, and possibly to fund future volumes in this series.
GUEST ARTISTS: Joining us to round out the post card and print offerings, we have several talented friends lending a hand.
In random order for size each one awesome, we have commitments from…
- Steven Russell Black
- James Romberger
- Robbi Rodriguez
- Paul Azaceta
- Kevin Mellon
- Nathan Fox
- and more TBA.
Please take a moment to share Dracula: Son of the Dragon with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
Been a busy week in a busy month in a, well you get the idea. Work on Dream Life still fills my days but not for much longer! And the wheels are up for the Dracula kickstarter on Monday. Busy busy. Glad for the occasional distractions from my friends. Such as these.
Item! Ty has new Buntoons! “Now that DC Comics has replaced their nearly-always-dead-Robin the Boy Wonder with Casper the Friendly Ghost, I thought it might be a nice opportunity to look back at a few other corporate, and institutional, mascots that have been replaced over the years. It’s a fascinating history.”
Item! COLOSSE NEWS! “SHOCK REVELATION: the new COLOSSUS is called HOUBA PLUS”.
It contains new comics by Catherine Lamontagne-Drolet, Francois Samson-Dunlop, Carlos Vezina, Sara Hache, Sophie Bédard, Tuan Bui, Samantha Leriche-Gionet, David Turgeon, Vincent Giard and Luc Bossé. The limited run collection is dedicated to Mael Rannou.
Item! Gerhard reveals the cover of the Cerebus comic book that Oliver Ho and Sam Noir are contributing to.
Item! Colin Upton would like you to check out his tumblr. He’s posting a great deal of his back catalog there now.
Item! Rick Trembles shared an alternate version of the Motion Picture Purgatory strip he just did for Lech (Born to Lose: The Last Rock & Roll Movie) Kowalski’s new anti-fracking doc, DRILL BABY DRILL: “This is how revolutions start” -director Lech Kowalski
Item! Bernie Mireault has started a tumblr too!
“I plan to show the comic art I’ve done here but for a first post I’d like to put up a collaborative effort put together between 8 Montreal cartoonists years ago for a slick color magazine commemorating the redesign of the Austin Mini automobile, of all things! - I got to color the whole thing as well as contribute a sequence and I think it’s a successful collaboration that deserves to be shown again.”
Item! Dave Cooper hanging in New York!
Comics & Graphic Novels Program at Camosun College announces its first annual comics conference!
Camosun College comics conference is a celebration of the artistic and literary impact of comics and graphic novels created locally, nationally, and internationally. The event is open to the public, free of charge, to view the students’ works, hear and see the process of visual storytelling, and discuss the medium with the creators, teachers, publishers, and other fans. It will take place on Sunday, April 7th from 11am until 6pm, on the third floor of the historic Young Building, on Camosun’s Lansdowne campus.
Our sixteen students will be in attendance in an “artists alley” display of their publications and original artwork. There will also be displays by established local creators Gareth Gaudin, Janine Johnston, Nelson Dewey, Ash Vickers, Glen Mullaly, Simon Roy, and Glen & Kay Lovett, as well as presentations by guest speakers Paul Chadwick (Concrete), Anne Marie Fleming (The Magical Life of Long Tak Sam), Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida Manga), and Sam Logan (Sam & Fuzzy).
Comics & Graphic Novels, a program unique in the Canadian post-secondary school system, was created to address the needs of students who have a desire to learn the language of visual storytelling. The program focuses on skills-based training for six career paths, which include creation (both in print and online) of comic books, comic strips, web comics, graphic novels, storyboards, and edutainment comics. Currently offering a one-year certificate, a two-year diploma credential will launch in the fall of 2014, which will continue the program’s focus on experiential skills-building specific to the requirements of the industry.
For more information please contact:
Ken Steacy has worked in the comics industry for close to forty years as an author, illustrator, art director, editor, and publisher. The recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, he was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, a lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators for their contributions to the industry.
03.Mar.2013 C-list – all the pretty pictures
Max here, thought i’d put in a post, we’ve been slow with the updates lately. Maybe a good time to also mention we’re always open to context appropriate guest blogging here at Sequential, if you’re interested in generally unpaid writing opportunities check out our about page to get out mandate and let us know if you have a story.
Item: Starting off this line up of links underlining the update we made a little while ago to our post about Joe Ollmann‘s next book, now called Science Fiction, previously Burden. Now being published by Conundrum, previously D+Q. The book moved from D+Q to Conundrum and re-titled ”Science Fiction” after D+Q backed out. Joe noted on his blog, “my latest book called Burden was supposed to come out from Drawn & Quarterly in January. It didn’t. They feel this book is not a good follow up to Midlife and decided not to publish it. I think Burden is a good book which is decidedly more serious in tone than the farce quality of Midlife, but it’s the book I want to do right now. So, the book is now being published by my old friend the good Andy Brown at Conundrum Press, and should debut at TCAF in May. As the book was already listed in catalogues and websites, we decided to change the name to simplify the publishing process.” – Kind of surprising D+Q backed away from something more serious? I guess i’ll have to reset some of my own assumptions about them. I’ve got a preview of the new book from Joe and plan to sit down with it soon with posting a review in mind.
Item: Rick Trembles says Happy 80th birthday King Kong! A film produced by a great, great great? Cousin as it happens.
Item: The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery, just after it’s 1 year anniversary of opening, threw lots of parties, and have really established themselves as one of the prime comics masons of Toronto in a very short time. Happy birthday and a bit guys.
Item: On youtube my old buddy George sat down with Jeff Lemire to discusses his approach to Animal Man and his work on Superboy.
Item: Over on the Fredcast, Fred had a great talk with writer Conor McCreery, of Kill Shakespeare fame.
Item: Once a great curmudgeon about the internet, Colin Upton has a tumbler page now!
Item: Nina Bunjevac posted the cover for the new french edition of her book, Heartless, to appear in April from Ici-Meme, and some more examples of her great rendering skill with this shot of Zemun, Serbia.
For my own bit I’ve been busy, Dream Life comes very near being done, had the pleasure of illustrating something connected with Dr Daniel Levitin! Cool. Also had fun taking a swing at Lichtenstein for the IMAGE DUPLICATOR show being put on by Rian Hughes. Check this FB group to see more about that. See you after the page turn! – max
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.
11.Feb.2013 Flashback: Arken Sword no.21, 1987
I own one of 500 copies of this 80s UK zine, a cherished item. Bought it new back in the day.
It featured large B&W reproductions of some of my favorite artists’ inks. Picked it up to study their lines.
Growing up in Toronto I also took note of this issue as it contained a section about home town talent.
“Mister X” feature with Chris Kelly art 1pg, Dean Motter & Seth interview with photo from UKCAC 1986 3pg, Dave McKean “Mister X” three-panel strip (“I asked Dave for a Mr X illo. The illo turned into a 3-page strip, which he has sent to Vortex on spec”) 1/2pg,
09.Feb.2013 C-list in the snow
Max here, waiting for the sun to come up so I can see how bad the balconies are and dig them out. We’ve been spotty getting back into posting the C-lists, here’s a summery of things we’ve posted on our Facebook page that are still relevant/current…
Item: Much as William Moulton Marston was in his day, Dr Will Brooker was tired of seeing female characters in pop culture that fell short of his ideals, overly relied on tight cloths, high heals and physical attributes. So he set out to invent a new icon. ‘My So-Called Secret Identity‘ [site is not up yet but their Facebook page is], drawn by Suze Shore, is the tale of Cat Abigail Daniels, the smartest person in Gloria City. She remembers everything she reads, sees how everything connects. And she’s getting tired of pretending, hiding, acting dumb to save other people’s feelings. If they won’t take her seriously as Catherine Abigail Daniels, the student and cop’s kid, maybe they’ll take her seriously in a costume. Looks pretty good, I like the primes and goals a lot.
Item: Due to the SNOW, Sherwin’s Toronto launch of Serial Villan has been postponed until March. He spent the evening playing video games in his hotel room. Sounds like his idea of a nice evening off!
Item: In the bigger picture of north american comic, CNET posted “Bizarro world! Print comics boom as digital sales rise. The common wisdom is that as a medium goes digital, the physical sales plummet. But when it comes to comic books, the common wisdom needs a new guru.” – read the full story here.
Item: On counterpoint to some extent, Robin at Inkstuds has a fantastic interview with teacher writer and comic artist Stephen Bissette. They talk for three hours, broken up into two parts about a lot of things. In all seriousness this is one of the best big picture views of the highs and lows of making comics today. Between his own time working at DC to his front row seat watching the current generation of creators he helps to train at CCS, If you want to make comics go listen to this. If you already make comics, go listen. If you gave up, yeah, go listen. Part 1 – Part 2.
Item: In Afin de subventionner adéquatement les auteurs, ”To adequately subsidize authors”, du Journal Montréal’s DB blogger Jean-Dominic Leduc posted last month about the so far unsuccessful attempts of Voro to get backing for a comics project relating to the province of Quebec. The post is mostly an open letter to ACC & CALQ, requesting an increase in funding of their grants for the medium. Check it out, and if you’re a fan or practitioner of comics in Quebec, consider writing your own letter, emails are provided in the post. More funding for comics! It’s a good idea. More posts by Jean-Dominic can be found here.
Item: Thumbs up review here from CBR for the big finally of the Rotoworld storyline, and Andy Belanger’s first DCU story/job. I had the pleasure of reading it a day early while scanning some old art and suffering a sugar crash. I haven’t been following the books so it was a bit of being dropped smack in the middle of madness, Andy should have played me some of his metal i think! Would have gone well with this. Art is good stuff, solid as always. Colors a bit heavy handed, did not help in distinguishing the detail in Andy’s stuff. First are always a little disappointing. I’ll bet they had to be done in a week or something. Crazy. Yanick Paquette’s Cover art looks really nice on the review site, unfortunate about the ‘graphics’ on the printed edition. Congrats for a very respectable first DC headliner Andy!
Item: Kevin A. Boyd on the Shuster blog posted this link to an article for the Hamilton Spectator, about Aram Alexanian’s contributions to Canadian and American Golden Age Comics before he went to work for the family carpet business. It includes a discussion of the Canadian Whites Walter Durajlija & Ivan Koczmarek.
Item[s]: A positive review of Salgood Sam’s [yes that's me!] Revolver Quarterly, from Rachel Fenton, a reader of the digital edition in New Zealand. All places equal distant on the internet. Éric Thériault has a new facebook page to like, Jai Granofsky posted some fun new doodles on his blog, George Todorovski posted a cool ‘Regulators’ trailer for Visionary Comics; A comic he worked on “a while back”. Kalman Andrasofszky joined a collective! This is from their most recent show. Sleeping Lion Heart. Acrylic and silver leaf on wood. 3′x4′ – with the plywood collective for their “HEROES” exhibit. Ramon Perez sightings at Angouleme! Here and here. Having fun doing a victory lap in the EU. Check out this cool set of photos by and of David Boswell: Cartoonist, Photographer, Illustrator, Jaded Roué. Oh hey, it’s the Comic Book Lounge’s 1st Anniversary Minicon and Industry Night today! Congratulations guys!
Ok, sun is up, time for some food and morning exercise! Keep up with us on our facebook page here.
While the future of the book is in question, and independent Canadian publishers struggle just to stay afloat, Drawn and Quarterly is thriving.
In the earl 90s Chris Oliveros wanted the comic strips that he and friends drew to find a larger audience. On that kitchen table, he put together the first issues of a little magazine he called Drawn and Quarterly. Now D and Q is one of hottest publishers of graphic novels on the planet. David Gutnick’s documentary about them is called Graphic Chicken Soup for the Graphic Soul. 21 minutes 33 seconds.
Player appears after the bump.
30.Oct.2012 C-List | the facebook roundup
Item: Conor McCreery from Kill Shakespeare was on Main Street [halifax cbc radio show] talking about their popular book series and how they came up with the idea.
Item: Frozen Light Comics Presents Canada’s Newest batch of Superheroes for an all ages audience.
Item: Son Of Gothra: A new Indy comic by Fred Kennedy & Jeff Brown, art by Vincent Sunico & Charles Prichett, cover by Kalman Andrasofszky. “Abrax is capture by the feared Imperial General Findalpha and begins his transition from tribal raider to stallion of the arenas. The slave of an Empire in turmoil, Abrax of Gothra must navigate his way through the intrigue of the courts and the violence of the arena.”
Item: Brad Mackay suggests If you’re in the Burlington, Ontario region Friday you should go to this.
Item: Becky Cloonan said : A little preview of Swamp Thing Annual, where we lull you into a false sense of security with all the cute romance. Written by Scott Snyder, out Wednesday. The issue features some bits by her beau, Andy Belanger.
Item: Eugene Zhilinsky said: “We did it! The latest (and already popular!) novel of Editions Tchai – Rock Testament – even better than our pilot version we did last year – it’s twice thicker, printed on better paper and has nicer cover color. This is the whole cinch of printing a big run offset. This book was already presented at TCAF 2012. More in our blog here.”
Item: The Drink & Draw Montréal site is seeking new bloggers and content creators.
Item: La Mauvaise Tête presents “Pinkerton”. by Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau & Francois Samson-Dunlop. Two newly single friends, sleeping away their failures, discover that their troubles have something to do with a nostalgic affection for the music of the 1990s. An album of this period holds their attention in particular. Will they finally overcome his bad influence? Pinkerton was a great success as a zine. A bittersweet comedy about love, music and drunken nights that end around a poutine. The Graphic novel includes an afterword by Nicolas Tittley. 176 pages, black and white. French text. In stores November 2012.
Item: Also, Les recrues de l’année | The rookies of the year. News about the studio of La Mauvaise Tête. A tight crew of talented Montrealers.
Item: NSFW: Rick finally gave in, and has done a brand new Motion Picture Purgatory for Noboru (Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead) Iguchi’s DEAD SUSHI: “How to Get Rid of Vaginal Odor!”
Item: Colin Upton wrote: “I have unleashed my pent-up drawing comics rage! Ah! Finished the art of another new mini-comic, this one the first Famous Bus Rides in more than a decade! This one is drawn on black paper with black, white and grey coloured pencils. It’s the story about being stranded in the urban Hellscape of Columbus, Ohio while being too cheap to take a cab!” One assumes you can acquire the book from here.
Item: Robin McNerdel of Inkstuds said: “Hey, I posted an interview with Michael Deforge. I like that guy, and so should you!”
And that’s not even all of it. We’ve been very active on the Facebook fan page, come check it out, like, and keep up on the latest of Canadian comics!
Item: Creators! Submit! ComiXology, the market-leading digital comics distributor–ComiXology shipped its 100 millionth download this week–announced it has opened Its platform to independent artists. That is potentially huge, and they are offering to handle the technical details of formatting the story into the company’s Guided View display engine, for free. Having started but abandoned the DIY option on their main competitor that sounds very appealing.
Item: Dalton posted “After years of roadblock, opportunities for indie comics on digital platforms seem to be coming fast and furious.” in reference to a sexy new app called Emanata. I quite like their two promotional clips with cartoonists Damien Jay & Ansis Purins.
Item: I just found Joan Steacy’s studio and Blog!
On a personal note I didn’t notice a whole lot of a boost when the same happened for my recent project. It’s nice but don’t think you can rest easy. I’d encourage anyone wanting to see True Patriot happen, should back it, but also take some time to share it with your friends on your social networks, give it the vigorous two thumbs up! I wrote more than 600 people and 200 stores for mine. Counting posts and emails, easily 1000 people In the end. About 10% of them backed it. You have to aim wide I think. I’m sure J. Torres and co are doing the same. It’s a surprising amount of work! I’m hoping they raise their goal. A lot of people who’s work I like is in here, not to mention some good old friends So i’m all in. I was going to go all digital, but feeling a bit like I could afford it this week i’ve pre-ordered a hard copy too.
Sub Item: True Patriot is a Flexible Funding campaign, something unique to Indiegogo. I used the same for mine, as did the producers of the biographical short A Lesson to You All. The strength of it is a project can come close and still get underway, as the in the case of the David Boswell bio-pic. And you can re-submit a project to try to raise funds if you fall short. Very powerful tool, I highly recommend. Just make sure to factor in your fees and shipping!
Item: NYCC: IDW Announce Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood – on Comics Beat!
Item: The Evolution of “The Art of Todd McFarlane” – Part 1 – on Comic Book Resources
Item: CBR TV: Hope Larson Talks “A Wrinkle In Time” – Video on Comic Book Resources
Item: NYCC 2012 – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Vol. 2 Collector’s Edition on Sale – on Graphic Policy
27.Sep.2012 The C-List : The Facebook editon
Been spending a little more time than ussual on Facebook
the last week, promoting a crowdfunder.
In my spare moments collecting stories that float by
and posting them to our page a lot, here’s the last few days worth…
Item!: Bernie Mireault has posted a great long entry about his attending the latest Montreal Comic Con, and joining the EN MASSE crew there for the weekend. He was a regular at the Montreal Comic Jams over the years, he introduced me to them in fact. Sounds like he had a lot of fun with it. And he’s got photos of George Perezz painting with the EN MASSE crew too! Like Zoro!
Item!: New Snail is open, look forward to checking it out next time i’m in Toronto [been a long time since i had a good reason to be on that part of Young] in the mean time Ty took his kids and got to be the first customers, again!
Item!: Photos of a “drawing concert” with Philippe Girard, Todd Picard, Reine Du Mambo, Mathieu Girard, Fred Lebrasseur and Joe Ollmann!
Item!: J.Torres has been posting notices about contributors to his new comcis antholagy and Indigogo project True Patirot. Here’s linkts to their Facebook Page, and posts about Howard Wong & Adrian Alphona, Tom Fowler, Agnes Garbowska, Jay Stephens, J. Bone, Jack Briglio & Ron Salas, Ramon Perez, Andy B, Scott Chantler, Faith Erin Hicks, and the book itself [1st]. Their funding drive on Indiegogo goes live Monday, October 1st.
20.Sep.2012 The C-List: Back to School
Around here we’re allways a little tardy, too busy out back first period smoking and playing Jacks.
Item! Dave Sim Responds, at length of course, to expressed publishing interest from Fantagraphics. Fantagraphics publishes his relopy in it’s entirety because that’s just how these guys roll [he said no, sort of] – Long time readers flash back to the letters pages and forums of TCJ yore.
Item! Speaking of superheroes, Faith Erin Hicks will be taking her popular newspaper strip and webcomic Superhero Girl to Darkhorse. Brigid Alverson at the Robot 6 blog interviews her about the strip.
Item! blogto.com posted a list of The Best Comic Shops in Toronto, including winner of this years Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer [JSA], the Silver Snail [#2 on the blog to list], and The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery [#3], were winner of the JSA for Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist Ramón K Pérez picked up his plaque [as seen in photo to the left]. Number one is the always classy Beguiling.
Items! I have not had time to curate a Hey Kids Comix! post in a while. Here’s some comics and webcomics review sites i’ve noticed online to help make up for that a little: Robbmirsky; YourWebcomics, Webcomic reviews, creator interviews; Dungeon Crawler, a rpg themed comic by a large group of rotating contributors including an old school mate of mine, George Todorovski!
Item! Speaking of which, CAN CON is this coming weekend! I hear it’s a nice little show on it’s way to being not so little. Wish i’d have had the forethought to budget a visit. Check it out and tweet us what you think of it!
Ok, that’s it for now, except this.
As well as being the publisher and sometimes blogger here [Bryan really does most of the heavy lifting these days], I’m also a creator myself. I often feel awkward about posting about my own stuff on this site but a little bit now and then is fair I think? Right now I’m trying to get the word out as wide as I can, about my Indiegogo funding drive to complete my latest book and bring it to market. Here’s my pitch clip and if you like what you see, check out this link to contribute! Thanks – Salgood Sam
16.Sep.2012 8th Annual Joe Shuster Awards Winners
In a nice and short, bilingual ceremony on Saturday night, this years Joe Shuster Awards were presented.
This years winner are….
Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist / Dessinateur de couverture de bande dessinée exceptionnel
The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day de l’auto-édition
The Dragon Award – Comics for Kids / Le Prix Dragon – Bande dessinée jeunesse
Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses
(Les 400 Coups)
Outstanding Web Comics Creator / Créateur de bande dessinée web exceptionnel
Outstanding Comic Book Writer / Scénariste de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Kurtis J. Wiebe
Green Wake 1-8
The Intrepids 1-6
“Logan’s Lost Lesson“/Marvel Holiday Special 2011
Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Fear Itself 1-7
“Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4
“Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2
Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist / Auteur de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Ramón K Pérez
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer / Le Prix Harry Kremer du libraire de bandes dessinées exceptionnel
Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)
Saturday night, Baltimore, the Harvey Awards announced the 2012 winners.
Kate Beaton won three, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand took two. Drawn & Quarterly was well represented as the publisher of Kate’s book, as well as best repackaged book for Clowes’ Death Ray.
From the official list of winners:
BEST WRITER – Mark Waid for “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST ARTIST – J. H. Williams for “BATWOMAN”, published by DC Comics
BEST CARTOONIST – Kate Beaton for “HARK! A VAGRANT”, harkavagrant.com; printed edition published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST INKER – Joe Rivera for “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST COVER ARTIST – J. H. WILLIAMS for “BATWOMAN”, published by DC Comics
BEST LETTERER – Chris Eliopoulos for “FEAR ITSELF”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST COLORIST – Dave Stewart for “HELLBOY: THE FURY”, published by Dark Horse Comics
BEST NEW SERIES – “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES – “DAREDEVIL”, published by Marvel Comics
BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK – “HARK! A VAGRANT”, by Kate Beaton, harkavagrant.com; print edition published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST SYNDICATED STRIP – “CUL DE SAC”, by Richard Thompson, syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL – “THE MANARA LIBRARY, VOLUME 1: INDIAN SUMMER AND OTHER STORIES”, published by Dark Horse ComicsMOST PROMISING NEW TALENT – Sara Pichelli, for “ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN”, published by Marvel Comics
SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS – Kate Beaton for “HARK! A VAGRANT”, harkavagrant.com; printed edition published by Drawn and Quarterly
BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS – “ANYA’S GHOST”, published by First Second
BEST ANTHOLOGY – “DARK HORSE PRESENTS”, published by Dark Horse Comics
BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT – “WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR, ARTIST’S EDITION”, published by IDW
BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY – “JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND”, published by Archaia Entertainment
SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION – “WALT SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR, ARTIST’S EDITION”, published by IDW
BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC ALBUM – “JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND”, published by Archaia Entertainment
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION – “GENIUS ISOLATED: THE LIFE AND ART OF ALEX TOTH”, published by IDW
BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED – “THE DEATH RAY”, published by Drawn and Quarterly