Talking Comics with Ty Templeton

Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 blog contributor Tim O’Shea sat down with Ty Templeton to discuss his contributions to Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Spider-Man, Avenging Spider-Man, his courses at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, Holmes Inc., On the Couch, being on the short list for a Joe Shuster Webcomics Award for Bun Toons and much more!

O’Shea: When you get nominated as a potential finalist for The Joe Shuster Awards (Webcomics), does recognition like that help expand your audience for Bun Toons?

Templeton: It’s only been a couple of weeks since the finalist/potential nomination thing was announced, so I can’t tell yet. I tend to have wildly different attention for each Bun Toon, depending on the subject matter. When I pick on Frank Miller or Alan Moore our readership quadruples from the strips when I say sentimental things about my family. Since the short list/nomination announcement, I’ve been getting a fairly average readership, but I haven’t been going after Frank Miller as much lately.

FCBD in Canada is this Saturday – what is your local shop doing?

I thought originally I would go through the Canadian shops and give an update on what they were doing for FCBD, which is this Saturday, but then it dawned on me that just about EVERY comic shop across the country was likely doing SOMETHING, so if wherever you are this Saturday, make sure to go and give your local shop some love and grab some free comics. Or if you are traveling, see where the closest shops are to you and make a point of checking them out. Or if you are lucky enough to live in a community with many shops, grab some friends and organize a “shop crawl” and visit all of them.

Some stores will just have a selection of free comics available, while others have planned various events and activities, including sales, tournaments, barbeques, parties, as well as signings with Canadian comic book artists and writers. This is a media friendly event, so many stores will be mentioned in local newspapers and on some television affiliates.

But in order to help you connect with the Canadian stores closest to you, here are the links to our lists of Canadian stores by province, not just the ones listed on the Free Comic Book Day website but all Canadian comics sellers that we are aware of. If you follow the links below, you’ll find that the listings are broken down alphabetically by city within that province, and then alphabetical by store name within that city or town.

Newfoundland
Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Ontario
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Alberta
British Columbia
Territories

Robert Haines, our associate director, will be at the Dragon in Guelph, ON where Jay Stephens is slated to appear. Some members of the 501st Legion will be there as well.

I will be at the Comic Book Lounge in Toronto, ON where Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, Ty Templeton, Marco Rudy, Mike Del Mundo, Raff Ienco and Gibson Quarter are scheduled to appear. There will be face painting for kids. In the evening Ty Templeton will be hosting a talk show/panel called “On the Couch” and the participants include Ty, Ken Lashley, Scott Chantler, Mark Askwith and Will Pascoe.

The nominees for the Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer Award will be announced here on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th.

Please feel free to send us your pictures of any FCBD events to info@joeshusterawards.com

Star Wars Day TO – May the 4th be with you.

The second annual Star Wars Day TO will take place at the Toronto Underground Cinema on Friday, May 4th, 2012 and all proceeds from the 2012 event will go to the SickKids Foundation. The goal is to bring together Star Wars fans of all ages and levels of interest. This family-friendly event celebrates the series through fan-created materials and activities including costume contests, trivia, special guests, prizes and more.

May the Fourth is coming up really fast and we were hoping we could get you on board to help SickKids! Helping is pretty simple and can be as easy as mentioning us on TwitterFacebook, or Tumblr. We also have some tickets to giveaway if you want to run a contest on your blog, website, twitter or facebook, just reply to this email and we’ll work it out.

We can’t wait to show you what we have in store this Friday night at the Toronto Underground Cinema. See you there!