December Update

As the year begins winding down, we begin the finalizing of the list of eligible publications and creators for the 2013 nominating committee to make their selections from.

In early November we had some meetings to discuss the direction the awards will take in 2013, the positions needing to be filled, and a number of new folks have joined the CCBCAA team.

We’ll have some news on the various fronts in early 2013 as well as the city, date and convention that we plan to coincide the award presentations with.

As we near the holidays, now is a great time to consider buying comics or graphic novels for your friends and loved ones as Christmas gifts. We hope you’ll consider the many great works by Canadian creators… some recent arrivals that would make great gifts: The Flash New 52 Vol. 1 hardcover (by Francis Manapul), Parker – The Hunter softcover edition (by Darwyn Cooke), and the X-O Manowar Vol. 1 trade paperback (art by Cary Nord). Recently, All New X-Men 1-3 (4 is out next week) has been a bona fide smash hit (art by Stuart Immonen).

Congratulations also to Jim Zubkavich and Ray Fawkes for their recently announced gigs writing for DC Comics (Birds of Prey and Batgirl respectively), and Jeff Lemire will be moving over to write Green Arrow in February, and as Sweet Tooth concludes in early January comes word that he will have a new Vertigo series to be released sometime in 2013. J. Bone will be drawing a new Rocketeer mini-series in February, and Kill Shakespeare will be returning that month as well, as the original creative team reunites to continue the tale.

Indie Skip Week – December 26-January 1

Support and Promote Indie Skip Week #indieskipweek

On Wednesday, December 26th, Diamond Comics will be working with a a few of their Premiere Publishers to bring just a handful of comics to market.  Comic Shops will be receiving only a little over a dozen titles (including Amazing Spider-Man 700) instead of the normal 60+ books.

Please note that in Canada, most stores will be closed on the 26th for Boxing Day, so look for new books on Thursday, December 27th.

Instead of encouraging customers to skip shopping in the store for an entire week – which I’m not sure they will do if new comics are coming out combined with end of the year sales and promotions — but many comic shop owners across North America will be using this as an opportunity to fill the gap and promote Self-Published Comics, Creator Owned Comics and Micro-Publisher Comics at the forefront of their comic shops.  For an entire week all walk-in traffic can hopefully be introduced to a wonderful side of comics that many customers don’t get to see with the emphasis on mainstream publishers.

Hopefully customers will then discover new talents and new titles!  This is a great way to support the smallest and most innovative creators working in the comics industry.

There are a lot of great comics out there that qualify from publishers such as: Top Shelf, Archaia Press, Image Comics, Koyama Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Conundrum Press, Oni Press, Retrofit Comics, Secret Acres, Oily Comics and more!

Help turn this into an opportunity to support independent creators and self-publishers.

Indie Skip Week #indieskipweek