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.
19.Apr.2012 TCAF Events listings
Keep up with everything going down at, or around the Toronto Comics Arts Festival
A handy listing of all the comics stuff going down the first weekend of may in Toronto.
We will be updating this post as TCAF events and offsite activities are announced!
18.Apr.2012 Video montage of Wizard World 2012
This weekend (April 14-15) Toronto hosted Wizard World. This is a short video of some of the memorable moments that happened this year. From a wild Predator roaming the convention floors to the Ghostbusters invading a cabin in the woods!
Fan Expo Owner Claims Brand Confusion, Defamation
by BK Munn
It looks like Comic Book Resources is the first site to dig up the hard evidence of a new lawsuit launched by Toronto’s Hobbystar Marketing, owners of the Fan Expo conventions, against the U.S.-based Wizard World chain of conventions over the recently-completed Wizard World Toronto Comic Con. Hobbystar is claiming that the name of the Wizard World event infringes on its own Toronto ComicCon, held this past March, and that Wizard World is willfully confusing consumers as well as actively working to dissuade exhibitors from attending Hobbystar shows.
Hobbystar has a history of conflict with its competitors dating back to the period in which the Wizard World show was known as the Paradise Comicon and run by Toronto’s Paradise Comics (the show changed hands in 2009) and this latest move can be seen as a fairly agressive salvo aimed at a competitor with potentially deeper pockets. Hobby Star is asking for $500,00 in damages. Hobbystar sued UFC and Reed Exhibitors in 2011 of the use of the phrase “Fan Expo” to promote a Toronto martial arts event.
According to CBR,
“Hobby Star’s claim centers around its own show, “Toronto Comicon,” which has in the recent past run both in April and at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, with the latest running at the location March 10-11 of this year. Interestingly, Hobby Star hasn’t registered “Toronto Comicon” with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, so it’s relying on common law to defend the mark. Its defense within the suit hinges on Wizard “Passing Off” their show through deceptive marketing practices outlined in Canadian intellectual property law. Within the suit, Hobby Star refers to their ownership of the name by “using the trade-mark and trade name” on Toronto Comicon. To win the suit, the company will have to demonstrate there’s a goodwill and prestige associated with “Toronto Comicon,” not simply that they were first to use the name.”
More as this develops.
17.Apr.2012 Comic Jams!
The alternate Montreal jam, the ATOMIC COMIC JAM had it’s last jam Friday, April 6! Missed it! They tend to hold them early in the month.
Saturday April 21st is reputedly the date of the Vancouver Comic Jam!
Tuesday, April 24th is the ol’ Montreal Comic Jam
Venez gribouiller, discuter, lever le coude et libérer vos énergies créatrices en notre compagnie. Aiguisez-bien vos crayons et vos esprits, on compte sur vous!
An evening of good-humoured drawing, conversation and, incidentally, a wee bit of drinking.
Bring your artistic weapons of choice, be it wits or brushes. Both, preferably, at least early on…
Wednesday, April 25th is the Ottawa Comic Jam
Come to the April Comic Jam for an Open Theme evening. Work on your own stuff or jam traditionally with other artists! Bring projects you’re working on to share. Bring some of your zines, comics, books, buttons, t-shirts, etc. This is an evg where you can feel free to promote and let others see your work!l
April Comic Jam
Wednesday April 25th, 2012
7pm – 10pm
651 Somerset St. W.
Event repeats the last Wednesday of the month (except December)
Event cost: free, paper provided
Artwork is collected at the end of the evening and posted on a semi-regular basis to the official site.
And what is THIS!? A new comix jam? The Comic Hunter’s Comix Jam! In Moncton on Sunday, April 29, 2012. Looks like a gaming room of some kind, hope they let people put on good music and bring refreshments.
What is a Comix Jam? A collaborative gathering of cartoonists, doodlers and writers passing around comix pages. Everyone contributes a panel of words, drawings or both until the page is full! All skill levels are welcome. Jams are kid-friendly (12 or under accompanied by parents or legal guardians).
C’est quoi un “Comix Jam”? C’est une rencontre collaborative d’artistes et d’écrivains qui contribuent des mots, des dessins ou les deux jusqu’à ce qu’une page soit complète! Talents de tout niveau sont invités. Les jeunes sont les bienvenus (12 ans ou moins accompagnés d’un parent ou tuteur légal).
Quand: 12h30-16h30, Dimanche le 29 Avril.
Ou: 465 Rue Main, Moncton, NB
When: 12:30pm-4:30pm, Sunday April 29th.
Where: 465 Main street, Moncton, NB
15.Apr.2012 C-list – a sunday in comics
Item: - Dustin Harbin this week reposted his journal comics this past week documenting his two trips to attend the Doug Wright Awards all in one place along with an essay about what he thinks would make for the kind of awards program comics in general, from a US perspective, needs.
Item: - 20 days left till TCAF.