Four major book releases featuring the work of Canadian creators scheduled for next Wednesday. June 6th.

THE LOXLEYS AND THE WAR OF 1812 from Renegade Arts Entertainment. Written by Alan Grant, pencils and inks by Claude St. Aubin, colours by Lovern Kindzierski, edited by Alexander Finbow, letters by Todd Klein. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with this 175 page, beautifully colored, hardback graphic novel features a 101 page historically accurate comic strip about a Canadian family caught up in the war and a 64 page summary of the war and itʼs implications for Canada and America written by acclaimed Canadian military historian Mark Zuehlke, includes maps and illustrations. $19.99 Age 10 and Up.

ED THE HAPPY CLOWN by Chester Brown. In the late 1980s, the idiosyncratic Chester Brown (author of the much-lauded Paying For It and Louis Riel) began writing the cult classic comic book series Yummy Fur. Within its pages, he serialized the groundbreaking Ed the Happy Clown, revealing a macabre universe of parallel dimensions. Thanks to its wholly original yet disturbing story lines, Ed set the stage for Chester Brown to become a world-renowned cartoonist. Ed the Happy Clown is a hallucinatory tale that functions simultaneously as a dark roller-coaster ride of criminal activity and a scathing condemnation of religious and political charlatanism. As the world around him devolves into madness, the eponymous Ed escapes variously from a jealous boyfriend, sewer monsters, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a janitor with a Jesus complex. Brown leaves us wondering, with every twist of the plot, just how Ed will get out of this scrape. The intimate, tangled world of Ed the Happy Clown is definitively presented here, repackaged with a new foreword by the author and an extensive notes section, and, as with every Brown book, astonishingly perceptive about the zeitgeist of its time. Hardcover, B/W, 240 pages.$24.95

BACK ALLEYS AND URBAN LANDSCAPES by Michael Cho. Drawn and Quarterly. Michael Cho began creating drawings of the back alleys near his Toronto home in 2008. With this book, he has amassed a collection that speaks to the beauty of the urban landscape: sometimes grittily citified, sometimes unexpectedly pastoral, and always bewitching. Cho is a skilled draftsman, and Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes shines with lovingly rendered details, from expletive-filled graffiti splayed across backyard fences to the graceful twists of power lines over a bend in the road. Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes meanders through the city, functioning as a sort of caught on-paper psychogeographical Jane’s Walk. With each season’s change, different color schemes become dominant, and a whole range of moods and moments are articulated. Cho lets the reader visit his city as a virtual flaneur, lingering equally over dilapidated sheds and well-groomed gardens in a dazzling tribute to the urban environs. Paperback, 9.75 X 7.5, full colour, 80 pages. $19.95.

PRINCE VALIANT VOL. 5: 1945-46 by Hal Foster. Fantagraphics Books. Fully half of this latest volume of Hal Foster’s epic masterpiece — again scanned from superb syndicate proofs — is devoted to the remaining chapters of “The Winning of Aleta,” a 20-month (!) epic in which Valiant obsessively pursues his bride to be. Not surprisingly this is followed by a sequence called “Matrimony,” which ends with a newly wed queen adjusting to the luxurious, exciting court life at Camelot. But Val’s marriage does not signal an end to his adventures, quite the contrary. In “War in the Forest” Val is sent out to spy on encroaching Saxons — unknowingly aided by Aleta, who, disguised as a small knight (and dubbed “Sir Puny”) helps prevent disaster. But the 1946 strips end with Val and Aleta unable to return to Camelot and the displaced couple journeying to Thule… Half the strips in this volume also include the delightful “The Medieval Castle,” Foster’s chronicle of two young boys growing up during the time of the First Crusade — but by the end of the 1945 strips this series has ended and the Valiant portion resume its full-page glory. This volume also features a Foreword by P. Craig Russell, a gallery of Hal Foster’s commercial illustration work and an essay titled “Aleta: Water Nymph of the Misty Isles” by Brian M. Kane. With stunning art reproduced directly from pristine printer’s proofs, Fantagraphics has introduced a new generation to Foster’s masterpiece, while providing long-time fans with the ultimate, definitive version of the strip. Hardcover, 112 pages, full colour. $29.99

Happenings: 1st ever Festival BD de Montreal this weekend – June 1-3, 2012

At the first Festival BD de Montreal at L’Espace La Fontaine, come talk comics with a wide variety of authors, community members and our ambassador and a fan of comics, Stéphane Archambault!

The FBDM is a place to meet and exchange ideas with professional cartoonists. It aims to discover the diversity of the 9th art with all Montrealers and all Quebecers: children, families and fans of comics in general.

Many free activities make up the program: theatrical improvisations on BD, BD readings, book signings, panel discussions, and comic animations for the whole family! The various proposed activities and the educational component of FBDM make a true inter-generational event. Many exhibitors reflecting all types of comics will be present and will offer readings as varied and exciting.

Quebecois Comics is currently experiencing a boom thanks to designers like Michel Rabagliati, Guy Delisle, Delaf and Dubuc. Montreal, cultural capital the province, has much to offer it’s visitors.

In a festive atmosphere, fueled by the imminent arrival of summer, the organizer look forward to seeing you at L’Espace La Fontaine this coming weekend!

Guests Include:

  • A., Alex (Agent Jean)
  • Al + Flag
  • Angers, Philippe
  • Antoine, Frédéric (El Spectro, Biodôme)
  • Archambault, Danièle
  • Banville, Simon (Asymptote)
  • Baril, Joseph
  • Beaulieu, Jimmy (Comédie sentimentale pornographique)
  • Bédard, Sophie
  • Bernier, Mathieu (Zidara9)
  • Bérubé, Jean-Sébastien (Radisson)
  • Bottenberg, Rupert
  • Bouchard, Pierre
  • Boudreau, Iris (Ostie d’Chat)
  • Boum (Boumeries)
  • Bourgoin, Bruno (Front Froid)
  • Boutin-Gagné, Patrick (Brögunn)
  • Buisson, Antonin
  • Cantin, Samuel
  • Carrier, Dominique
  • Cathon
  • Champoux, Yanick (Académie des Chasseurs de Primes)
  • Claveau, Marie-Pier (Le Front)
  • Colpron, Pascal
  • Cyr, Maxim (Les dragouilles)
  • Delaf (Les Nombrils)
  • Denomée, Ariane
  • Demers, Tristan (Gargouille)
  • Desharnais, Francis (Burquette)
  • Dijef (Crépuscule des Dieux)
  • Dion, Jeik (La Grande Illusion)
  • Dubuc, Maryse (Les Nombrils)
  • Duguay, Ghyslain (Lionel et Nooga)
  • Eid, Jean-Paul (Jérôme Bigras)
  • Étien, David (Les Quatre de Baker street)
  • Falardeau, Michel (Luck)
  • Forsythe, Mathew (Jinchalo)
  • Fortin, Ian
  • Fournier, Pierre (Red Ketchup)
  • Gagnon, André
  • Giard, Vincent
  • Girard, Philippe (Tuer Vélasquez)
  • Godbout, Réal (Red Ketchup)
  • Godbout, Benoît (Académie des chasseurs de Primes)
  • Goldstyn, Jacques (Les Débrouillards)
  • Gottot, Karine (Les dragouilles)
  • Goulet, Albert-André (Lionel et Nooga)
  • Grant, Michel (Ti-Guy)
  • Groovie, Annie (Léon)
  • Hellman, Michel (Mile-End)
  • Hicham, Absa
  • Jalette, Jocelyn
  • Jobin, Olivier (Le Front)
  • Johnson, Kaylynne
  • Jourdain, Fred (Dragon Bleu)
  • Lacombe, Michel (Académie des chasseurs de primes)
  • Lamarre, Adeline
  • Landry, Mario
  • Lapierre, François (Chroniques sauvages)
  • Laurent, Dominique
  • Leriche-Gionet, Samantha
  • Levasseur, Marcel
  • Loisel, Régis (Magasin général)
  • Marcotte, Jean-Philippe
  • Mandel, Lisa (Nini Patalo)
  • Minikim (Alta Donna)
  • Mongrain, Yan (Front Froid)
  • Ollman, Joe (Mid Life)
  • Pageau, Marc
  • Paradis, Rémi (Zidara9)
  • Parent, Raymond (BiBop)
  • Paré-Sorel, Julien (Le Front)
  • Patenaude-Monette, Martin
  • Rabagliati, Michel (Paul)
  • Rodier, Yves (El Spectro)
  • Rodier, Denis (L’ordre des dragons)
  • Roy, Myriam (Front Froid)
  • Santos, Carlos
  • Sherwin, Tija (You are a cat)
  • Simard, Alexandre
  • Sirois, Shawn (Zoockey)
  • Sirois, Bob (Zoockey)
  • Siris (Vogue la Valise)
  • Tessier, Marc
  • Tija, Sherwin (You are a cat)
  • Trahan, Sébastien
  • Tripp, Jean-Louis (Magasin général)
  • Turgeon, David (La Muse récursive)
  • Vachon, Jean-François (Zoockey)
  • Vaillancourt, Michel (Lionel et Nooga)
  • Vaillancourt, Sylvie
  • Vézina, Benoît (Front Froid)
  • Voro (Été 63)
  • Wany, Stanley
  • Zviane (Ostie d’Chat)

Jeff Lemire lands an Eagle

Congratulations to Jeff Lemire, who won the Best Newcomer at the Eagle Awards, presented earlier today at the MCM Expo in London.

Also announced at the ceremony — the Eagle Awards name is being retired after this year in favour of the “MCM Expo Awards”.

No other Canadian creators were nominated in 2012. No Canadians were nominated or won any Stan Lee Awards earlier in the month at the Kapow! comic con in London either, so they hardly get a mention here.

Jeff Lemire

About the Eagle Awards

Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent international prizes, they have been featured on the covers of leading US and UK titles across the last 28 years ranging from Uncanny X-Men and Swamp Thing to MAD and 2000 AD.

Unique in the comics industry in that they reflect both the professional and the reader’s choice, the Eagle Awards comprise of two distinct stages:

(i) A Nominations Form allows the entire comics community to choose their favourites.

(ii) The top five nominations then appear on the voting form for the readers and fans to choose from, thus focusing the fans with no wasted votes.

About the MCM Expo Group:

London MCM Expo is organized by the MCM Expo Group as one of a number of pop culture events in their portfolio. London’s Comic Con, it is supported by major media companies such as Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, Wizards of the Coast, Manga Entertainment, SFX and NEO to name but a few.

Taking place each May and October at London’s massive Excel exhibition centre, the London MCM Expo is now the main focus and must-be event for UK fans and industry to attend to promote new releases and forthcoming productions whether comics, movies, videogames, DVDs or books.

Over the last decade, the London MCM Expo has grown into the one UK show that is not to be missed. To find out more, visit: www.londonexpo.com.

Happenings: New Vancouver Comic Arts Festival seeks to celebrate independent cartoonists

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New Vancouver Festival seeks to celebrate independent cartoonists

May 21, 2012 Vancouver, B.C. — Independent cartoonists and artists from around North America will be gathering in Yaletown this week as local organizers host the inaugural Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF), a first-of-its kind gathering that hopes to become one of the major creative events on the city’s calendar.

Modeled after similar events in Toronto and Portland, the weekend festival will bring together over 90 cartoonists, illustrators, comic book artists, and creative professionals for two days of exhibitions, events, and networking. Free to attend and open to the public, VanCAF will offer Vancouver fans a chance to meet numerous stars of the indie art scene including famed web cartoonist Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), B.C.-based pop artist Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo), and noted comic illustrator Nina Matsumoto (The Simpsons Comic),  as well as dozens of local underground, independent, and mainstream illustrators eager to show off their work.

“Too often shows of this nature tend to put more focus on TV and film, leaving the artists as merely a side-show.  This is a fantastic opportunity for Vancouverites of all ages to connect with the myriad artistic talents in our own backyard,” says VanCAF organizer Shannon Campbell.

“Our event will highlight some the best work being done by many cartoonists and illustrators—mostly from Vancouver, but also hailing from as far as Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York City.”

VanCAF will run from Saturday, May 26 (10 am to 5 pm) to Sunday, May 27 (10 am to 6 pm), at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver.

Further inquiries can be directed to Shannon Campbell, Event Coordinator, at shannon@vancaf.com

From the floor of TCAF – a look at some of the 2012 JSA Nominees

Andrew Walsh and Allison Covey were at TCAF this weekend representing the Joe Shuster Awards and Andrew snapped some photos of a few of the 2012 Nominees who were in attendance for the blog:

Claudia Davila

Cameron Stewart

Chester Brown

Drazen Kozjan

Emily Carroll

Guy Delisle

John Lang

Katie and Steven Shanahan

Michel Rabagliati

Tony Cliff

Jeff Lemire

Ray Fawkes

Honourable Mentions 2012

The thing about awards are that you can only have so many finalists, so we would like to make note of the following creators who made it to the second round of discussions but did not make the short lists for these catagories.

ARTIST/ARTIST TEAM

Dale Eaglesham (Alpha Flight)
Patrick Boutin-Gagne (La Bete du Lac: le Guardien)
Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare)
Pierre Bouchard (Motel Galactic)
Marian Churchland (Northlanders)
Ramon Perez (Captain America and the First Thirteen)
Stephanie Poulin (Au Pays de la Memoire Blanche)
Doug Wheatley (Star Wars Dark Times – Out of the Wilderness)

CARTOONIST

Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung Fu)
Jean-Paul Eid (Le Fond de Trou)
Alex A. (L’Agent Jean T.1)
Claude Auchu (Une Annee en Quarantine)
Jimmy Beaulieu (Comedie Sentimentale Pornagraphique)
Jesse Jacobs (Even the Giants)
Francis Manapul (The Flash)
Pat McKeown (Hair Shirt)
Joe Ollmann (Mid-Life)
Seth (Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists)

COVER ARTIST

Darwyn Cooke
Jean-Paul Eid
Michael Del Mundo
David Finch
Alexander Perkins
Doug Wheatley
Chrissie Zullo

WRITER

Ian Boothby (Simpsons Comics)
Francois Lapierre (La Bete du Lac: Le Gardien)
Ray Fawkes (Skullkickers 6)
John Rogers (Dungeons and Dragons)
J. Torres (Archie)

WEBCOMICS

JOEY COMEAU & EMILY HORNE – A SOFTER WORLD
KARL KERSCHL – ABOMINABLE CHARLES CHRISTOPHER
FAITH ERIN HICKS – ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL
KEITH MCLEAN – ADVENTURESOME
MICHAEL DEFORGE – ANT COMICS
JASON BRADSHAW – BOREDOM PAYS
SHILIN HUANG – CARCIPHONA
DAN KIM – CLONE MANGA
CONNOR WILLUMSEN – COMICS
SALGOOD SAM – DREAM LIFE
KATE BEATON – HARK! A VAGRANT
KATE LETH – KATE OR DIE
RAMON PEREZ – KUKUBURI
ELAINE WILL – LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD
GISELE LAGACE & DAVID LUMSDEN – MENAGE A TROIS
ATTILA ADORJANY – METAPHYSICAL NEUROMA
ISABELLE MELANCON – NAMESAKE
VITALY ALEXIUS – ROMANTICALLY APOCALYPTIC
DAVID BISHOP – STRANGER
WINSTON ROWNTREE – SUB NORMALITY

Full list of 2012 Nominees / La liste complète des nominés 2012

Artist / Dessinateur

  • Chris Bachalo Age of X: Alpha 1, Avengers 13, 15, Wolverine and the X-Men 1-3, X-Men 7-10 (Marvel Comics)
  • Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Delcourt)
  • Stuart Immonen Fear Itself 1-7, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image)
  • Fred Jourdain Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon (Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)
  • Jeff Lemire  Jonah Hex 69 (DC Comics), “A Coffin for Mrs. Bishell”/ Outlaw Territory Vol. 2 (Image)
  • Yanick Paquette, Nathan FairbairnSwamp Thing 1-3, Batman Incorporated 3, 5 (with Michel Lacombe) (DC Comics)
  • Cameron Stewart Chapter 1: The School of Night“/Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! 1 (DC Comics), Suicide Girls 1-4 (IDW)

Cartoonist / Créateur

  • Chester Brown Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being A John (D+Q)
  • Darwyn Cooke  “The Seventh“/Parker: The Martini Edition, “Betty Saves the Day“/Rocketeer Adventures 2 (IDW)
  • Guy Delisle  Chroniques de Jerusalem (Delcourt)
  • Ray Fawkes  One Soul, Possessions Book Two (Oni Press)
  • Francois Lapierre Chroniques Sauvages (Glenat Quebec)
  • Jeff Lemire  Sweet Tooth 17-25 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Ramon Perez Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia Press)
  • Michel Rabagliati Paul au Parc (La Pasteque)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • Kalman Andrasofszky  X-23 5-19, X-Men: Earth’s Mutant Heroes 1 (Marvel Comics), Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero 6-10 (Boom!)
  • Kaare Andrews  Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis 5, Ultimate Comics Hawkeye 1-4, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 156, 1-5,  Ultimate Comics X-Men 1-5, Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1-5 (Marvel Comics)
  • Fred Jourdain  Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon (Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)
  • Francois Lapierre Chroniques Sauvages (Glenat Quebec)
  • Jeff Lemire  Jonah Hex 69 (DC Comics), Sweet Tooth 18-28 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Francis Manapul  The Flash Vol.4 9-12, The Flash Vol. 5 1-4, Flashpoint: Grodd of War 1, Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 1-3, Green Lantern 4, Green Lantern Corps 62, Superboy 5, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 5 (DC Comics) 7 Warriors (Boom!)
  • Yanick Paquette Batman Incorporated 3-5, Knight and Squire 1-6, Swamp Thing 1-4  (DC Comics)

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

  • Jayd Ait-Kaci  The Fox Sister, Sfeer Theory
  • Emily Carroll  Comics 2011 (Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter, Dream Journal Mar 30th, Margot’s Room, The Prince and The Sea)
  • Tony Cliff  Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
  • Kate Craig Heart of Ice
  • Iris and Zviane  L’ostie d’chat – Leblog de Jasmin et Jean-Seb
  • Drazen Kozjan The Happy Undertaker
  • Ty Templeton Bun Toons

Writer / Écrivain

  • Anthony Del Col, Connor McCreery  Kill Shakespeare 9-12 (IDW)
  • Francis Desharnais Motel Galactic (Editions Pow Pow)
  • Maryse Dubuc, Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Dupuis)
  • Kathryn Immonen Avengers: Origins – Thor 1, Captain America and the First Thirteen 1, Wolverine and Jubilee 1-4, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image)
  • Jeff Lemire Animal Man 1-4, Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown 1-3, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 1-4, Giant Size Atom 1, Superboy 3-11 (DC Comics), Sweet Tooth 26-28 (DC/Vertigo), “-“/Brilliant! Tragic! The Comic Book 1 (Art Brut)
  • Tristan Roulot  Le Testament de Capitaine Crown T.1: Cinq Enfants du Putain, Goblins T.5: La Fleur au Canon, Psykoparis T.1 (Soleil)
  • Kurtis J. Wiebe Green Wake 1-8, The Intrepids 1-6 (Image), “Logan‘s Lost Lesson“/Marvel Holiday Special 2011 (Marvel Comics)
  • Jim Zubkavich Skull Kickers 5, 7-11 (Image

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

  • Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses  Paul Roux (Les 400 Coups)
  • Big City Otto Vol.1 Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)
  • Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung  Willow Dawson (Puffin Books)
  • L’Agent Jean Tome 1: Le Cerveau de l’Apocalypse Alex A. (Presses Aventure)
  • Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop John Lang (Puffin Books)
  • Luz Sees the Light  Claudia Davila (Kids Can Press)
  • Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday Katie and Steven Shanahan (Self-Published)
  • Three Thieves Book 2: The Sign of the Black Rock Scott Chantler (Kids Can Press)

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)

  • Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday Katie and Steven Shanahan
  • Ghost Rabbit by Dakota McFadzean
  • Drupe Jeremy Bourgeois Raymonde
  • 21 Journeys Cloudscape Comics Collective,
  • Fifteen Months Colleen MacIsaac

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)

  • Amazing Stories (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
  • The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
  • Golden Age Collectables (Vancouver, BC)
  • Heroes (London, ON)
  • L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
  • Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)
  • Studio 9 Comic Shop (Montreal, QC)
  • Warp 1 Comics and Games (Edmonton, AB)

UPDATED 09/04/2012:

Finalists /Finalistes:

  • Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
  • The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
  • L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
  • Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)

The 2012 Outstanding Webcomics Creator or Creative Team / Créateur ou Créateurs Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées Web 2012

Jayd Ait-Kaci
The Fox Sister
Sfeer Theory

Emily Carroll
Comics 2011 – Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter, Dream Journal Mar 30th, Margot’s Room, The Prince and The Sea

Tony Cliff
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Kate Craig
Heart of Ice

Iris and Zviane
L’ostie d’chat – Le blog de Jasmin et Jean-Seb

Drazen Kozjan
The Happy Undertaker

Ty Templeton
Bun Toons

The 2012 Outstanding Artist Nominees / Les Nominés pour Dessinateur Exceptionnel 2012

Chris Bachalo
Age of X: Alpha 1
Avengers 13, 15
Wolverine and the X-Men 1-3
X-Men 7-10
(Marvel Comics)

Marc Delafontaine
Les Nombrils T.5: Un couple d’enfer
(Delcourt)

Stuart Immonen
Fear Itself 1-7
Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4
(Marvel Comics)
Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2
(Image Comics)

Fred Jourdain
Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon
(Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)

Jeff Lemire
Jonah Hex 69
(DC Comics)
A Coffin for Mrs. Bishell”/ Outlaw Territory Vol. 2
(Image Comics)

Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn
Swamp Thing 1-3
Batman Incorporated 3, 5 (with/avec Michel Lacombe)
(DC Comics)

Cameron Stewart
Chapter 1: The School of Night“/Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! 1
(DC Comics)
Suicide Girls 1-4
(IDW)

2012 Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées 2012

Kalman Andrasofszky
X-23 5-19
X-Men: Earth’s Mutant Heroes 1
(Marvel Comics)
Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero 6-10
(Boom!)

Kaare Andrews
Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis 5
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye 1-4
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 156, 1-5
Ultimate Comics X-Men 1-5
Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1-5
(Marvel Comics)

Fred Jourdain
Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon
(Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)

Francois Lapierre
Chroniques Sauvages
(Glenat Quebec)

Jeff Lemire
Jonah Hex 69
(DC Comics)
Sweet Tooth 18-28
(DC Comics /Vertigo)

Francis Manapul
The Flash Vol.4 9-12
The Flash Vol. 5 1-4
Flashpoint: Grodd of War 1
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 1-3
Green Lantern 4
Green Lantern Corps 62
Superboy 5
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 5
(DC Comics)
7 Warriors
(Boom!)

Yanick Paquette
Batman Incorporated 3-5
Knight and Squire 1-6
Swamp Thing 1-4
(DC Comics)

The 2012 Outstanding Writer Nominees / Les Nominés pour Écrivain Exceptionnel 2012

Anthony Del Col & Connor McCreery
Kill Shakespeare 9-12
(IDW)

Francis Desharnais
Motel Galactic
(Pow Pow)

Maryse Dubuc & Marc Delafontaine
Les Nombrils T.5: Un couple d’enfer
(Dupuis)

Kathryn Immonen
Avengers: Origins – Thor 1
Captain America and the First Thirteen 1
Wolverine and Jubilee 1-4
Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4
(Marvel Comics)
Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2
(Image Comics)

Jeff Lemire
Animal Man 1-4
Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown 1-3
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 1-4
Giant Size Atom 1
Superboy 3-11
(DC Comics)
Sweet Tooth 26-28
(DC/Vertigo)
-“/Brilliant! Tragic! The Comic Book 1
(Art Brut)

Tristan Roulot
Le Testament de Capitaine Crown T.1: Cinq Enfants du Putain
Goblins T.5: La Fleur au Canon
Psykoparis T.1
(Soleil)

Kurtis J. Wiebe
Green Wake 1-8
The Intrepids 1-6
(Image Comics)
Logan’s Lost Lesson“/Marvel Holiday Special 2011
(Marvel Comics)

Jim Zubkavich
Skull Kickers 5, 7-11
(Image Comics)

The 2012 Outstanding Cartoonist Nominees / Les Nominés pour Créateur Exceptionnel 2012

Chester Brown
Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being A John
(Drawn+Quarterly)

Darwyn Cooke
The Seventh“/Parker: The Martini Edition
Betty Saves the Day“/Rocketeer Adventures 2
(IDW)

Guy Delisle
Chroniques de Jerusalem
(Delcourt)

Ray Fawkes
One Soul
Possessions Book Two
(Oni Press)

Francois Lapierre
Chroniques Sauvages
(Glenat Quebec)

Jeff Lemire
Sweet Tooth 17-25
(DC Comics/Vertigo)

Ramón K Pérez
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand
(Archaia Press)

Michel Rabagliati
Paul au Parc
(La Pastèque)

The 2012 Joe Shuster Awards / Les Prix Joe Shuster 2012

The 8th Annual Awards will be presented at the MONTREAL COMICCON

Palais des congrès de Montréal / Montreal Convention Centre
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5

SAT. SEPT. 15th @ 7:30 PM in Room/Salon 511AB

Press release / Communiqué de presse

Full list of 2012 Nominees / La liste complète des nominés 2012

Pre-Nomination Wrap-up Report (the selection process examined)

Artist / Dessinateur
Cartoonist / Créateur
Writer / Écrivain
Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures
Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web
The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées Jeunesse)
Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)
Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
Honourable Mentions

The 2012 Dragon Award Nominees – Comics for Kids / Les Nominés pour le 2012 Prix Dragon – Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants

The Dragon Award for Comics for Kids 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 targetted at readers 14 and under. Nominees were selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Stewart, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprieter of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop. In turn, this juried award is also be selected by an independent team of educators and librarians from across Canada, after giving thorough consideration to the nominated works.

Le Prix Dragon pour BD pour les enfants reconnaît les œuvres qui captent l’attention et la fascination des jeunes lecteurs, et aider à créer une passion pour la lecture long de la vie. Travaux envisagés pour ce prix sont des bandes dessinées et romans graphiques par des créateurs canadiens qui sont ciblés à des lecteurs 14 ans et moins. Les candidats ont été sélectionnés à partir des listes créateurs admissibles par une équipe d’enseignants, dirigée par Jennifer Stewart, MA, B.Ed., qui est aussi le proprieter de Guelph, Ontario La boutique The Dragon. À son tour, ce prix est également jury seront choisis par une équipe indépendante des éducateurs et des bibliothécaires de partout au Canada, après avoir examiné de manière approfondie les travaux proposés.

The 2012 Nominees are: / Les 2012 candidats sont les suivants:

Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses
Paul Roux

(Les 400 Coups)

Big City Otto Vol.1
Bill Slavin

(Kids Can Press)

Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung
Willow Dawson

(Puffin Books)

L’Agent Jean Tome 1: Le Cerveau de l’Apocalypse
Alex A.

(Presses Aventure)

Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop
John Lang

(Puffin Books)

Luz Sees the Light
Claudia Davila

(Kids Can Press)

Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday
Katie and Steven Shanahan

(Self-Published)

Three Thieves Book 2: The Sign of the Black Rock
Scott Chantler

(Kids Can Press)

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Happenings: Vancouver Comic Con – May 13, 2012.

Vancouver Comicon

Sunday, May 13, 2012
11am to 5pm

Special Guests:

Joe Keatinge (Glory, Hell Yeah)
Moritat (All Star Western, The Spirit, Elephantman)

Ed Brisson (Murder Book, Acts of Violence)
Jason Copland (Murder Book, Kill All Monsters!)
Derek DeLand (Copyright Infringers, Swell TM)
Kim Glennie (Girls’ Room, Emily & Zola)
Matthew Ocasio (The Matter)
Freeman Wong (Doodle Works)
Albert Art
Carrie Q Contrary
Jenna Sokalski
Beth Wagner
Gurukitty Studios
and others!

Dealer Tables: $50/centre; $60/wall

Hourly door prizes!

Admission: $4.00
Kids under 14: Free

Comics for Classrooms: Donate a new or gently-used school-appropriate graphic novel for free admission to this show. Books collected will be donated to Vancouver schools.

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The 2012 Gene Day Self-Publisher Award Nominees / Les Nominés pour le 2012 Gene Day Prix des auto-éditeur

Gene Day

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing honours Canadian comic book creators who self-published their work during the previous calendar year. The award includes a bursary of $500 which is provided by The Dragon, as award sponsor.

Le Prix de Gene Day pour l’auto-édition honneurs canadiens créateurs de bandes dessinées qui auto-publiés de leur travail pendant l’année civile précédente. Le prix comprend une bourse de 500 $, ce qui est prévu par The Dragon, comme commanditaire du prix.

The 2012 Nominees are: / Les 2012 candidats sont les suivants:

21 Journeys – Cloudscape Comics Collective

Fifteen Months – Colleen MacIsaac Ghost Rabbit - Dakota McFadzean

Drupe – Jérémy Bourgeois Raymond Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday  – Katie Shanahan, Steven Shanahan

About Gene Day

Gene Day (1951-1982) began his career in the Canadian alternative comix scene. In the seventies he began his own publishing imprint, Shadow Press / House of Shadows and put out over twenty issues of Dark Fantasy, a horror/fantasy/sci-fi digest that featured the early writings of Joe Lansdale, Charles De Lint, John Bell and Charles R. Saunders, amongst others; a short-lived comic publication, Out of the Depths and various other one-shots, portfolios, and prints. Day drew for the Skywald magazines Psycho and Nightmare from 1974, as well as the Canadian comic anthology, ORB, and Mike Friedrich’s independent comics company Star Reach, contributing to the Star Reach anthology, Image and Quack. Day did illustrations for fantasy role-playing games and had a collection of his comic stories, ‘Future Day’, published by Flying Buttress Press as a hardcover graphic novel in 1979.

He was a longtime inker on Marvel’s ‘Master of Kung Fu’ title by Mike Zeck, starting in 1976 and later took over as full penciler on the series. He also inked on the licensed ‘Star Wars’ series, pencilled by Carmine Infantino, as well as ‘The Mighty Thor’ and ‘Marvel Two-in-One’ featuring ‘The Thing’. From 1985 to 1986, Renegade Press published four issues of Gene Day’s ‘Black Zeppelin’, an anthology series primarily featuring stories and painted covers Day completed before his death, as well new contributions by Sim, Bruce Conklin, Augustine Funnell, and Charles Vess. More of his work appeared posthumously in Caliber Comics’ anthology series Day Brothers Presents, which also featured the work of Day’s artist brothers, David and Dan Day.

Dave Sim credits Gene Day as his earliest and most influential mentor and the inspiration for his own self-publishing efforts. Gene Day was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Doug Wright Award finalists 2012

Best Book:

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)

Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes talent deserving of wider recognition, are:

Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best in avant-garde or experimental comics:

Hellberta by Michael Comeau (Koyama Press)

The 2012 winners were decided by a jury that included: visual artist Shary Boyle, cartoonist John Martz (A Doug Wright Award Best Emerging Talent nominee in 2010 and Pigskin Peters Award nominee in 2008), book artist and professor George Walker and Julie Traves, deputy arts editor for The Globe and Mail.