12.Nov.2013 True Patriot Volume 2
J. Torres and the usual list of True Patriot suspects are at it again to create a second volume featuring their original Canadian superheroes which officially launched on kickstarter on Friday, November 1.
“It’s all new! Everyone’s doing news stories. Of course, the creators from the first book are continuing their characters’ stories in some fashion so we’ll see more Superhero Girl, Family Dynamic, Dominion Jack, etc. But also expect Fred Kennedy and Adam Gorham to flip things around and present a Gull Girl story instead of featuring the Bluenoser. Also, Folwer’s introducting a new concept. As is Arthur Dela Cruz who helped with design and production last time but is doing a comic this time, which we haven’t seen him do in a while!”
With the introduction of Kickstarter to the Canadian public, Torres, project manager, editor, and creator, has made an interesting change of venue. Last year the Patriot team was funded via Indiegogo, then the only crowdfunding site available to Canadians. Since early September, the site has moved into Canada providing Canadian artists with a wider audience. Torres maintains there are pros and cons to both such as flexible funding options and slight differences in basic site set up, but when it comes down to it he says;
“Kickstarter is the biggest game in town. More eyes on your project means potentially more funding.”
Crowdfunding has ballooned recently in the publishing industry with both commercial and self-publishers. Torres says,
“It’s changed the game. It’s put more power in the creator’s hands and allowed them to go directly to their audience.”
Jason Bone chimed in with with this.
“I think the greatest benefit is the wider audience. Kickstarter puts your work out in front of a crowd that might not have seen it were you to self-publish locally.”
This is one of the projects that has come during an interesting influx or “renaissance” of Canadian heroes. Some of these include the Nelvana reprint project, the Captain Canuck web series and comics, Lemire’s Justice League Canada, Lost Heroes and last year’s Alpha Flight miniseries. There has always been an interest in Canadian Superheroes, but with the increase in comics in popular culture including film (Lost Heroes) and TV, the demand is increasing. Torres remembers,
“I loved Alpha Flight as a kid and I wanted to see more Canadian superheroes. It’s very rewarding to see people enjoy the stories we’re telling and if that inspires a kid to do something like this, create their own comics somewhere down the line, then we’ve done something right.”
Since the launch of the first volume this summer, the demand for more work by the True Patriot team has been constant.
“People wanted to know if we planned to do more. We’re still not sure if the second one will fly, so it’s hard for me to say. But yeah, if we had our way, we’d do more True Patriot in some way, shape or form.”
The “crew patriots” this year are Adrian Alphona, Andy Belanger, J. Bone, Jack Briglio, Scott Chantler, Tom Fowler, Adam Gorham, Faith Erin Hicks, Fred Kennedy, Tim Levins, Ron Salas, Jay Stephens, J. Torres, Howard Wong, Paul Rivoche, Jeff Lemire.
As it stands, they are about a third of the way through their campaign with over half of their funding goal of $20,000. The campaign will close on December 1, 2013.
UPDATE 11/18/13: 253 backers have pledged $14,374 of the $20,000 goal, with 12 days to go.
05.Nov.2013 “Trousers Aflame”
Well we just had to share this!
— Theo Moudakis (@TheoMoudakis) November 5, 2013
The political cartoon drawings and oil paintings of Josh Silburt (1914 – 1991) will be featured throughout the month of October at Art-Square Gallery, 334 Dundas Street W. opposite the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Josh Silburt was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, July 24, 1914. He studied at the Winnipeg School of Art under the direction of Group of Seven member, L.L. Fitzgerald and in the early 1930’s rode the rails to Toronto to become a sports and political cartoonist.
He continued to study art evenings at the Ontario College of Art and Design and at Central Technical School while he tried to earn a living by day with his drawing. In the meantime, Josh became a committed Communist and his political activism created a complex set of challenges that culminated in his being fired from his job as staff political cartoonist in the early days of the cold war. At the end of the Stalin era, disillusioned by the dark turn that Communist regime took he and many of his cohort on the Jewish left wing abandoned their political ideals and set their lives in a new direction.
Josh, along with a small group of landscape painters from the Willowdale Group of Artists in north Toronto, focused on interpreting the Canadian wilderness, building upon the style and perspective of the earlier Group of Seven. As Canada passed its 100th birthday many Canadians re-kindled a love for their natural surroundings. Josh developed his unique style of palette knife application of vivid oil impasto and later brushed acrylics, capturing the beauty and ruggedness of Canada. Over the next 4 decades of prolific painting and evolving technique, Josh enjoyed considerable success with numerous one-man shows across Canada. His work appears in private and public collections throughout the world.
This new show presents his political cartoons from the 1940’s published in the mainstream and communist press including the Toronto Daily Star, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Telegram and Sydney Post Record, together with a selection of his colorful and dynamic paintings of the rugged scenery of Algonquin Park, Haliburton, Algoma and the west coast of Canada.
It also will be the Toronto lunch of a handsome coffee table book dedicated to his work.
Full disclosure; Josh Silburt is the cousin [brother in-law of the grandmother of] Max Douglas, aka Salgood Sam, cartoonist and publisher of this site.
Where: 334 Dundas St. West, Toronto – When: October 7 – November 4, 2013
Weekly Event Synopses
Thursday October 10, 7pm: Vernissage and book launch: “A Colourful Life – the art and drawing of Josh Silburt”, Allan Silburt, author.
“A Colourful Life” is a showcase of Silburt’s work over the six decades of his career as an artist and cartoonist. With over 250 illustrations presented in high resolution and large format, it is a delight to the eye. The biography is presented based on first-hand accounts by the artist’s son, Allan Silburt and supplemented by extensive research on the relevant events of the time period including a capsule history of life on the Jewish Left in the mid-20th century. The graphic design, by Marie-Claude Quenneville, is elegant and tasteful as drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings and artwork are woven together with the narrative.
Allan Silburt is the youngest son of the artist. He grew up surrounded by paintings in a home in which vacation meant tagging along on road trips throughout Canada with artists and family members. Allan runs Seven Oaks Fine Art which is dedicated to the preservation of the art of Josh Silburt. He holds degrees in Engineering and Applied science from the University of Waterloo and Carleton University.
Thursday October 17, 7pm: Book launch: “J.B. Salsberg – a life of commitment”, Dr. Gerald Tulchinsky, Prof. Emeritus, Queens University.
This book follows the life and intellectual journey of Joseph Baruch Salsberg, a Polish-Jewish immigrant who became a major figure of the Ontario Left, a leading voice for human rights in the Ontario Legislature, and an important journalist in the Jewish community. His life trajectory mirrored many of the most significant transformations in Canadian political and social life in the twentieth century. It is fitting that this book launch takes will take place right in the heart of the riding of St Andrews, that Salsberg represented as MPP for the Labour-Progressive (Communist) party from 1943 to 1955.
Gerald Tulchinsky is an emeritus professor in the Department of History at Queen’s University. He is also the author of Canada’s Jews and a winner of both the J.I. Segal Award and Toronto Jewish Book Award.
Wednesday October 23, 7pm: “Behind the Podium at Sotheby’s”, David Silcox, Former President of Sotheby’s Canada, Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.
David Silcox is an art historian and cultural bureaucrat, who has written books on Christopher Pratt, Tom Thomson (with Harold Town), the Group of Seven, and David Milne, including a 2-volume, fully illustrated Catalogue Raisonné of Milne’s paintings. He has served three levels of government in senior
cultural policy positions, two universities: Associate Dean at York University and as a Senior Fellow at Massey College, UofT, and a multinational corporation for twelve years as President of Sotheby’s Canada, from which post he recently stepped down to pursue projects in the arts — beginning with a
limited edition facsimile publication of a long lost diary of Emily Carr’s trip to Alaska in 1907, which he found last year. David will speak about the Canadian art auction market in general and stories about the Group of Seven art market in particular.
Tuesday October 29, 7pm: “A Tang of the Woods: The Group of Seven and their influence on Canadian landscape painting”, Catherine Sinclair, Senior Curator – Ottawa Art Gallery.
In 1913, young Canadian artists Lawren S. Harris and J.E.H. MacDonald travelled to see a touring show of Scandinavian art at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Though their thoughts of painting their homeland were already fermenting, this experience was considered notable by both, and served as an
inspiration for the method with which they tackled this idea. Indeed, for Harris and MacDonald the inspiration lay in the way in which the northern European artists had sought to depict their own soil through attempting to capture a greater spirituality of the land. Reflecting on this experience, MacDonald wrote in 1931, “may there always be a tang of the woods in Canadian art, whatever it may make of the standards of Paris.” It was in this that they encouraged each other and the other young artists who came together to form the Group of Seven in 1920.
 J.E.H. MacDonald, “Scandinavian Art,” lecture given at the Art Gallery of Toronto, April 17th, 1931.
Catherine will speak on the genesis of this trend in Canadian landscape painting and its influence on subsequent painters such as Henri Masson and Josh Silburt.
Catherine Sinclair is Senior Curator at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). She earned a Master’s Degree in Canadian Art History from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) in 2006. At the OAG, she has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues, including most recently Natural Motif: Lorraine Gilbert and Natasha Mazurka (2013) and Pat Durr: Persistence of Chaos (2012), and curated many exhibitions, such as Explode: Marcelle Ferron and Rita Letendre (2013), Wally Dion: Star Blankets (2011), and Wyse Works: Exposing the Inevitable (2011). Furthermore, she has presented on a variety of Canadian art historical topics in forums including the University Art Association Conference (UAAC) (Concordia University, Montreal, QC, 2012), the Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ottawa, 2011), an Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) panel at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2011), the University of Ottawa (2009), and the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference (CWAHI) (Concordia University, Montreal, QC, 2008 and 2012).
24.Aug.2013 Winners of the 2013 Joe Shuster Awards!
Joe Shuster Awards of 2013. Congratulations to everyone!
As posted live by the CLLDF on twitter.
Outstanding cartoonist: Jeff Lemire
Outstanding artist: Isabelle Arsenault
Outstanding writer: Fanny Britt
Comics for kids: Jo Rioux
Gene Day Award: Cory Mccallum, Matthew Daley
Outstanding Webcomic: Michael Deforge
Outstanding Retailer: Heroes (London, ON)
Shuster Award outstanding cover artist: Mike Del Mundo
Canadian Comic Book Creator
Hall of Fame creators added in 2013 are:
Vernon Miller (1912-1974) Co-founder of British Columbia’s Maple Leaf Publishing in 1941, one of the four principal publishers of comic books in Canada during World War 2 and the years shortly after under the protection of the War Exchange Conservation Act.
Murray Karn (1924-) Karn worked primarily for Bell Features (ON) in the 1940s, working on titles such as Active Comics and Wow Comics illustrating strips such as Thunderfist (aka Randy Steele) and Jeff Waring as well as some narrative short features for many of the different Bell titles. Karn also produced covers for Bell, most notably on early Active Comics.
Arn Saba (Katherine Collins) (1947-) Cartoonist, writer, historian, stage performer, composer and media personality. Creator of Neil the Horse in 1975, published initially in Canadian newspapers for Great Lakes Publishing, and later jumped to comic books (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Renegade Press). Neil was the first all-singing, all-dancing musical comic book, with sheet music included.
04.Jun.2013 The 2013 Joe Shuster Award Nominees
This is the ninth year for the Joe Shuster Awards.
Canada has a rich tradition of supporting our national arts communities with awards recognizing their achievements. Founded in 2004 The Joe Shuster Award is a national award for Canadian comics creators.
Named after the pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and his friend Jerry Siegel, that electrified the industry 75 years ago in 1938 and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon.
Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators of original works published and distributed during the previous year in English or in French. Qualifying creators must be Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, or a Canadian permanent resident. The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.
The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Toronto, on the evening of Saturday, August 25, 2013. Time and exact location will be announced at a later date.
Artist / Dessinateur
- Isabelle Arsenault - Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)
- Patrick Boutin-Gagné – Brögunn (Soleil)
- Stuart Immonen – All-New X-Men #1-4, AvX: VS #1, #6, Avenging Spider-Man #7, Secret Avengers #21 (Marvel Comics)
- Yanick Paquette – Swamp Thing #5, 7-9, 13-14 (DC Comics)
- Ramón K. Pérez – John Carter and the Gods of Mars #1-5, AvX:VS #6 (Marvel Comics)
- Fiona Staples – Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)
- Marcus To – Batwing #9-15, 0, The Flash #10,15, Huntress #4-6 (DC Comics)
Cartoonist / Auteur
- Geneviève Castrée – Susceptible (Apocalypse)
- Scott Chantler – Three Thieves Book 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press)
- Darwyn Cooke – Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5 (DC Comics), Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score (IDW)
- Michel Falardeau – French Kiss 1986 (Glénat Québec)
- Brandon Graham – Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1-3 (Image Comics)
- Jeff Lemire – Sweet Tooth #29-40 (DC Comics), The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)
- Francis Manapul – The Flash #5-9,11-15, 0 (DC Comics)
Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures
- Geneviève Castrée – Susceptible (Apocalypse)
- Darwyn Cooke – Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5, The Shade #4B (DC Comics), The Shadow #7B (Dynamite Entertainment), Richard Stark’s Parker – The Score, Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter SC, Rocketeer Adventures #1-4 (IDW), Creator Owner Heroes #7C, It Girl and the Atomics #2B (Image Comics)
- Mike Del Mundo – A+X #2B, Amazing Spider-Man #678-679, 683B, Incredible Hulk #4B, Ka by Cirque de Soleil #1, Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1-5, Max Payne 3 #3, New Avengers #24B, Scarlet Spider #1B, 4B, Uncanny X-Men #17, Untold Tales of Punisher Max #5, Venom #16-17, 20, 22B, Wolverine #314-317, X-Men Legacy #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
- Stuart Immonen – All-New X-Men #1-4, Avengers #14, Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX: VS #1B, #6B, Captain America and Namor 635.1, Uncanny X-Men #14, Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (Marvel Comics)
- Jacques Lamontagne – Les Druides, Tome 7 : Les disparus de Cornouaille (Soleil)
- Yanick Paquette – Swamp Thing #5-15,0 (DC Comics)
- Fiona Staples – Life with Archie #24B (Archie), Dark Horse Presents #10 (Dark Horse),Action Comics #15B, National Comics Madame X #1 (DC Comics), Smoke and Mirrors #1B (IDW), Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)
Writer / Scénariste
- Ed Brisson – Comeback #1-2 (Image Comics)
- Fanny Britt – Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)
- Alexandre Fontaine-Rousseau – Pinkerton (Colosse)
- Kathryn Immonen – Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX:VS #1,#6, Journey into Mystery #646-647 (Marvel Comics)
- Jeff Lemire – Animal Man #5-15, 0, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #5-9, Justice League Dark #9-15, 0, National Comics Eternity #1 (DC Comics)
- Ryan North – Adventure Time #1-10 (KaBoom!)
- Jim Zubkavich – Pathfinder #1-3 (Dynamite Entertainment), Skullkickers #13-17 (Image Comics)
Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web
- Attila Adorjany (Cartoonist /Auteur) – Metaphysical Neuromahttp://www.attilathe.com/MN/
- Jayd Ait-Kayci (Artist /Dessinateur) – The Fox Sister http://thefoxsister.com/
- Sophie Bédard (Cartoonist /Auteur) – Glorieux Printemps 9-20 http://glorieuxprintemps.
- Michael DeForge (Cartoonist /Auteur) – Ant Comic http://kingtrash.com/ants/
- Iris (Cartoonist /Auteur) – Folk http://bdfolk.blogspot.ca/
- Salgood Sam (Cartoonist /Auteur) – Dream Life http://dl.salgoodsam.com/
- Ty Templeton (Cartoonist /Auteur) – Bun Toons http://tytempletonart.
The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.
- L’Agent Jean! Tomes 2 et 3 (Presses Aventure) – Alex A. (Cartoonist /Auteur)
- Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press) – Jo Rioux (Cartoonist /Auteur)
- Couette Tome 1: Tombée du Ciel (Éditions Dargaud) – Minikim (Artist /Dessinateur) with/avec Sevérine Gauthier (France) (Writer /Scénariste)
- Fred et Putulik: L’Automne (Les éditions du soleil de minuit) – Jean Lacombe (Cartoonist / Auteur)
- The Secret of the Stone Frog (Toon Books) – David Nytra (Cartoonist / Auteur)
- Spera Volume 1 (Archaia Entertainment) – Josh Tierney (Writer /Scénariste), Kyla Vanderklugt, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon (Artists /Dessinateurs) with additional non-Canadian artists / avec autre dessinateurs non canadiens.
- Three Thieves volume 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press) – Scott Chantler (Cartoonist /Auteur)
- A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse! (Toon Books) – Frank Viva (Cartoonist /Auteur)
Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)
Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from over 40 individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 16th, 2013. The award winner will also receive a bursary of $500.
- Sanya Anwar – 1001
- Jordyn F. Bochon – The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe: The Claw of the Earth #1 (of 3)
- Antonin Buisson – Tranquillement pas vite
- James Edward Clark – Evil
- Corey McCallum, Matthew Daley – The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case
Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The Awards Association maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories such as:
- Support of a wide variety of innovative material
- Overall appeal of the store and usage of space,
- Community activity,
- Adherence to standard ethical business practices
- Have been open for at least 3 years.
- Another Dimension – Calgary, AB
- Amazing Stories – Saskatoon, SK
- Heroes – London, ON
- L’Imaginaire – Quebec City, QC
- Paradise Comics – Toronto, ON
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Vernon Miller (1912-1974) Co-founder of British Columbia’s Maple Leaf Publishing in 1941, one of the four principal publishers of comic books in Canada during World War 2 and the years shortly after under the protection of the War Exchange Conservation Act. Maple Leaf’s first foray into publishing, Better Comics #1 (March 1941) is generally agreed as first original Canadian comic book because it featured new material almost exclusively created by Miller. Better Comics #1 was also the debut of Miller’s original superhero, the first Canadian superhero — The Iron Man (in full colour! Predating Marvel’s similarly named character by 22 years). Better Comics also included Earth Torpedo, Tiger Tex the Cowboy Detective, Roaring Rails, and The Hidden Passage with illustrator F.P. Thursby. Miller, who addressed his young readers as “Uncle Verne”, also produced Mystery Mountain for Rocket Comics. Miller went on to a career as a cartoonist for Vancouver newspapers, and also did illustrations for Canadian Boy Magazine in the 1960s.
Murray Karn (1924-) Karn worked primarily for Bell Features (ON) in the 1940s, working on titles such as Active Comics and Wow Comics illustrating strips such as Thunderfist (aka Randy Steele) and Jeff Waring as well as some narrative short features for many of the different Bell titles. Karn also produced covers for Bell, most notably on early Active Comics. Karn’s precise line work and illustrative quality gave his strips a realism that stood out from the more expressive brushwork of his fellow Bell artists. After the war, Karn relocated to the United States and worked in advertising, and became a member of the Southampton Artists Association.
Katherine Collins (formerly known as Arn Saba) (1947-) Canadian (BC) cartoonist, writer, historian, stage performer, composer and media personality. Creator of Neil the Horse in 1975, published initially in Canadian newspapers for Great Lakes Publishing, and later jumped to comic books (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Renegade Press). Neil was the first all-singing, all-dancing musical comic book, with sheet music included. In 1979, wrote and produced a 5-part documentary series for CBC radio entitled the Continuous Art exploring the cultural impact of comics, featuring interviews with many renowned cartoonists (many of which were published in the Comics Journal). Retired from comics in 1991 after Neil the Horse’s last appearance in Fantagraphics’ Critters #6, although an unpublished Neil the Horse graphic novel is said to exist.
About The Joe Shuster Awards
Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics in both English and French. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. The name is used with the approval of the Estate of Joe Shuster – Michael Catron, Estate Agent. 2013 sponsors include The Dragon, The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, Guerilla Printing. The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association is a registered non-profit organization.
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”.
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.
Publisher Annie Koyama has formally announced that Ed Kanerva, who had been working part-time with Koyama Press for the past year, will be making the leap to a full-time, titled position of Publishing Assistant starting March 1. Kanerva is the second full-timer at the comany after Koyama herself, and brings a fan’s enthusiasm for comics with experience in the publishing and curatorial worlds.
According to Koyama, Kanerva “was the Exhibitions and Publications Coordinator at The Power Plant where he worked in the curatorial department coordinating several exhibitions and publications, as well as providing writing, editing and curatorial assistance. He also served as the Associate Publisher for award-winning multimedia production and publishing company, Pop Sandbox.”
Sequential extends its congrats to Ed and wishes continued success to Koyama Press.
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,
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/
Jason Kieffer with the new condos of his Cabbagetown neighbourhood in the background
By Dalton Sharp
Jason Kieffer wants to make people angry all over again.
Kieffer’s first book, an illustrated field guide to Toronto’s homeless, stoked complaints he was exploiting street people. He hopes his latest will get detractors and fans alike angry enough to fight for the return of banned street performer Zanta.
Zanta was the persona of David Zancai, a loud, and to some, obnoxious street performer, who grunted out endless push-ups wearing only shorts, construction boots and a Santa hat. He would often shout, “Yes, yes, yes! Merry Christ-mess!” Zanta: The Living Legend is a comic book biography that follows Zanta in his own words from origin to exile.
“I wanted to learn more about his story,” says Kieffer, “and see what he was like one on one, and see beyond his character. But what triggered (my interest) was the fact that he was banned from the city and the subway. That made me rage out. I wanted a discussion to get going. What happened to him needs to be looked into and there needs to be an investigation.”
Zanta was well on his way to becoming a minor local celebrity when a series of bans were issued that would eventually see him barred from the entire downtown core of Toronto and its’ subway system.
And there was jail time – the notoriously overcrowded Don Jail, and the Toronto West Detention Centre, a maximum security prison. And there was solitary confinement. In one darkly humourous panel Zancai is asked what he did to earn jail time. “Doin’ push-ups man,” he says.
Taking three years to complete, the book is packed with thick pen strokes. Barred windows are everywhere in this claustrophobic cityscape. At first Kieffer was drawing them unconsciously, but when he realized what he was doing he put even more in. The city as a giant prison.
He has always been fascinated by street people, living all of his life in Cabbagetown. The gentrified neighbourhood of Victorian homes, sandwiched between two sprawling housing projects, has been home to more than a few wandering eccentrics. They seem much scarcer on the ground lately as new condos go up.
Kieffer wants the writers and advocates that got furious with him for his homeless guide to be equally outraged at those he believes took advantage of Zanta.
The question I’m asking is why aren’t people in the media talking about this as an issue? These so called activists…where were they? Anybody who worked to displace him from the city violated his rights. You can’t ban someone from public space, who is law abiding, nonviolent. To me it’s a freedom of movement, freedom of expression violation.
To people who found Zanta’s act overly aggressive, Kieffer is dismissive. “My stance on it is that if people in a city scare you, don’t live in a city. There’s a lot of craziness in the city. Just because Zanta is recognizable he gets banned? No.”
And David Zancai now…drugged, calm, under the watchful care of his mother. He takes pills daily for his schizophrenia. Kieffer believes the jail time broke him, particularly the solitary confinement.
“People would rather you sit around doing nothing…to a lot of people it’s better that he sits around watching TV. You’re being a good obedient citizen vegging out. It’s all about ‘get in line…get in line…’ I don’t think that’s better. ”
Zanta won’t be coming to town anytime soon.
Fun looking Indie doc by David Boswell’s nephew about his life and his comix Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman seeks funding.
The producers of an independent documentary about the life and art of Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman-creator David Boswell have launched a fund-raising campaign through the Indiegogo website to help raise $10,000 in production costs.
The film is called “A Lesson to You All” and follows the career of Boswell from childhood to now through family interviews, archival photos, and comics. Reid Fleming is one of the seminal indie comics and Boswell is a great talent. I met Boswell last year when he was inducted into the Giants of the North and his humour, dramatic flare and storytelling panache make me think he would be a perfect film subject.
The producers, director Charlie Tyrell and production company LaRue Entertainment, are asking for funds to cover “our travel from Toronto to Vancouver, camera rentals, and all other expenses that a movie shoot can accumulate,” adding, “It’s about time Boswell tells his story so let’s make it happen!”
The website for the project is here. There are tons of neat-sounding perks for contributors as well.
Item! Although this National Post article erroneously credits Stan Lee as “the creator of Marvel Comics” (Hello? Jack Kirby? Steve Ditko?), it does have Canadian comics content in an interview with Jim Zub (Skullkickers) along with a photo of Stan the Man blowing out the candles on a Spider-Man 50th anniversary cake.
Item! The Globe and Mail brings the cosplay photos here.
Item! The big news from Friday was the on-site wedding of fans Rob and Amy Bridges. The happy couple were wed surrounded by cosplayers and Star Wars music in a more-or-less traditional ceremony (the bride wore white).
Item! The big Marvel news to come out of the con is that writer Jason Latour is taking over the Winter Soldier comic book series and that previous writer Ed Brubaker is basically quitting Marvel to pursue his creator-owned comics projects as well as writing for tv and movies.
Item! And here’s something about the DC panel.
16.Jul.2012 The Comic Book Lounge Kids Comicfest
July 21 – KIDS COMICSFEST
11am-4pm in conjunction with sponsors the Toronto Cartooonists Workshop, Playful Grounds Coffee Shop and the Joe Shuster Awards! Guests include Willow Dawson, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Yao and Karly McDonald. (We will be open one hour earlier than normal on July 21)
August 18 – A NIGHT WITH PLAYBOY CARTOONIST DOUG SNEYD
7pm-10pm $10 Admission. In anticipation of the event we have lots of copies of THE ART OF DOUG SNEYD in stock. Let Joe know if you are interested in getting one for the event. We’ve seen the image for the exclusive Black Canary print for the event and it is something that you are going to want to get.
21.Jun.2012 TCAF Announces 2013 Dates
by BK Munn
Festival Director Chris Butcher announced the 2013 dates for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival yesterday. Next year’s event will be held over the Mothers’ Day weekend, Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th. TCAF will also host another Librarian & Educator event as it did in 2012, this time on Friday May 10th. Part of the run-up to the festival will be a TCAF 10th anniversary party on March 29th.
It’s worth noting that the announced dates do not conflict with Free Comic Book Day, which is scheduled for May 4, 2013.
08.May.2012 Salgood Sam’s TCAF 2012 report!
This is a truncated version, as I had already posted a lot of the audio stuff before so I just linked to that content here. If you want to read the full version check it out here.
Recorded some of the sights and sounds of various events on my trip to Toronto for TCAF this year.
I was a tourist this time for a change, so was able to take in a lot of stuff. Great fun and got to spend some quality time with lots of old friends. Also met and talked a few times briefly with Fabio Moon which was nice. Been an admirer of his and his brother’s work for years. Ran into him last at the wrap party but was so wasted I probably gave him a funny impression! Ah well, they seem like very laid-back guys. Hope to chat with them under more calm, less profession-defined circumstances one day. Also had a few good short chats with Tom Neely, enjoyed a nice diner with James Turner, Brian Evinou, and Noel Tuazon. Also had a nice dinner on the last night with my primary collaborator here on Sequential Bryan Munn. We only see each other in person a few times a year so that was great. Met Jason Bradshaw in person finally and got a full set of his Boredom pays minis including he said the last copy left ever of his first issue. Had a warm chat on the TCAF floor with Artist and printer Tyrone McCarthy. Oh I could go on and on probably but can’t recall all the names I should right now so lets get on with it. Here’s my Video log, links to stuff, and some of the audio I recorded over the course of the 4 days. For the full experience make sure to have annotations turned on when you play the clip.
In order of appearance and with links as follows…
A few highlights of the first instalment of The Comic Book Lounge’s On the couch [should that not be chesterfield?] with Ty Templeton! His guests were Mark Askwith (producer, InnerSpace), Award-winning cartoonist Scott Chantler (Three Thieves, Two Generals), artist & designer Ken Lashley (Blackhawks), and Will Pascoe (director, Lost Heroes Movie).
And I got roped into this one too at the end. Sorry about my quite voice and poor rhetoric, i don’t level well in a setting like that, I have to be right on top of the mic to be audible most of the time. very low voice and I’m not in the habit of projecting it a lot.
That’s followed but a good 12 or so min of table porn, i tried to scan everything that was on display at TCAF. I missed a room in the back and a few other small spots but otherwise this is just about ever inch of exhibitors spreads, shot in the last hour of the show on Sunday.
Some shots of my Haul from the trip, 22 books I traded for, was given or bought. Look for a nice clean shot of that at the end of the post here.
Some footage of the kick off event, Jeff Smith, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon in conversation moderated by Mark Askwith! Listen to it here.
And last, some snaps of the drawing jam between Becky Cloonan & Zach Worton at the Third Annual Official TCAFête.
It was all a blast! This is just a tiny bit of what I saw and did. TCAF gets bigger every year and this is my first time just going to hang out and take in the sights [I've exhibited I think every year since 2005?] It’s a hell of a lot more fun to attend than exhibit I have to say.
Saw this in Toronto two weeks ago, was struck by what a good idea it was, old school.
And that i don’t know of a lot of web comics that have done it!
For sure the Rock and Roll camp sexy pin up photo is always genius for grabbing attention.
Comic fans will notice she’s reading a comic,
everyone will notice that she’s doing it dressed in a bath.
All kinds of good WTF guerilla advertising tactics going on here.
And having a hansom and intriguing web comic be
on the other end of it when you look it up online? …love.
Fooshwa is a web comic antholagy project by John Little, or ”jOHn”.
It also appears to have full film like credits, production and special thanks…
Going to be back there for TCAF, think i’ll take my stapler.
Tip of the hat to jOHn, sir, for the inspiration.
Was going to post this with the last Hey Kids, but forgot so it gets it’s own feature!
The first story up looks really good, i’ve read parts of it in fractions leanding to
a surreal post apocalypse like impression, set in the united provinces? Are those zombies…?
so i’m going to refrain from saying what I think of story till i’ve read it properly!
But I’ll say this, I think I like it already. No presure jOHn.